Top 1325 Wisdom Quotes

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“People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.”

― A. C. Benson

“Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your wisdom.”

― A. R. Rahman

“Your aim will be knowledge and wisdom, not the reflected glamour of fame.”

― Abbott L. Lowell

“I have the responsibility of over four million people, and I am in a position to do good, to be able to bring about a new life for my people, and I will continue to move in that direction. It’s a burden, but it needs to be done, and you have to have the courage and wisdom to see it through.”

― Abdullah II of Jordan

“Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.”

― Abigail Adams

“Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.”

― Abraham Cahan

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

― Abraham Maslow

“Though I am fascinated by knowledge, I am even more fascinated by wisdom.”

― Abraham Verghese

“To suppose more than one supreme Source of infinite wisdom, power, and all perfections, is to assert that there is no supreme Being in existence.”

― Adam Clarke

“I think there is a complicated side effect to overcoming evil in that we are forever changed by it. I think after we ingest some of the cruelty of the world, it takes years off of our lives, but it also gives us wisdom and a little grace, hopefully a sense of compassion.”

― Adam Rapp

“It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not care why we went to war in Iraq, that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.”

― Adam Schiff

“That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.”

― Adlai Stevenson I

“Consider this point. It is a main point of true wisdom. Whenever there is an execution of purpose, there must be an agent.”

― Adoniram Judson

“We learn from each other. We learn from others’ mistakes, from their experience, their wisdom. It makes it easier for us to come to better decisions in our own lives.”

― Adrian Grenier

“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”

― Aeschylus

“It is good even for old men to learn wisdom.”

― Aeschylus

“Wisdom comes alone through suffering.”

― Aeschylus

“Memory is the mother of all wisdom.”

― Aeschylus

“Of prosperity mortals can never have enough.”

― Aeschylus

“Please all, and you will please none.”

― Aesop

“Appearances are often deceiving.”

― Aesop

“Plodding wins the race.”

― Aesop

“Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.”

― Aesop

“My father lived life to the fullest, even though it was cut short at a young age in 1962. He was known for his intelligence, wit, wisdom, a wonderful sense of humour, a great personality, and a genuine goodwill towards all.”

― Ajay Mehta

“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

“To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.”

― Akhenaton

“The tradition is a fence around the law; tithes are a fence around riches; vows are a fence around abstinence; a fence around wisdom is silence.”

― Akiva ben Joseph

“The philosophy I love is very selective. It is really just the bit that is involved in a search for wisdom, and this means a short roll call of names; Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epicurus, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche.”

― Alain de Botton

“I’m not an academic philosopher, and don’t agree with the way the universities approach the subject. I’m a philosopher only in the very loose sense of someone interested in wisdom and well-being attained through reason. But I’m as interested in psychoanalysis and art as I am in philosophy.”

― Alain de Botton

“Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.”

― Alan Kay

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

― Alan Kay

“Who knows for what 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 Paton

“Clinton is a big personality who has led a big life, and for some of the media conventional wisdom to boil it down to a view that ‘all people are really interested in’ are a few moments of madness in the Oval Office gets him, the importance of the presidency, and the significance of his life, all wrong.”

― Alastair Campbell

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

― Albert Einstein

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

― Albert Einstein

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

― Albert Einstein

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”

― Aldous Huxley

“Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.”

― Aleister Crowley

“It took me a long time to learn how to be brave enough to put myself out there and try everything, no matter how strange or silly. If I can impart that same wisdom to other folks – no matter what age – it would be an honor.”

― Alethea Kontis

“I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.”

― Alex Grey

“Spiritual teachers and artists that have opened the eye of wisdom for the world, and visionary community builders, have influenced my work.”

― Alex Grey

“Never find fault with the absent.”

― Alexander Pope

“Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.”

― Alexander Pope

“Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.”

― Alexander Woollcott

“There is something about a mortarboard that gives otherwise sane and normal people the overwhelming urge to burden you with advice. Some of them cannot help themselves. They were asked to do it by a committee. But one can only take so many pieces of wisdom before they all start to blur together.”

― Alexandra Petri

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.”

― Alexandre Dumas

“All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.”

― Alexis Carrel

“Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.”

― Alfred Austin

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Who is wise in love, love most, say least.”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.”

― Alfred North Whitehead

“Wisdom alone is true ambition’s aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.”

― Alfred North Whitehead

“Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom.”

― Alice Walker

“I don’t think anybody who has any wisdom regrets a minute of their life, as long as it takes you to the next minute, when things get a little better, and even when it doesn’t.”

― Allan Gurganus

“In most cases, a year older is a good thing. More wisdom, more experience, and less damns given.”

― Amanda Seales

“With age comes wisdom and a high sex drive. And the wisdom to enjoy it.”

― Amber Valletta

“Experience – the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“When you doubt, abstain.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Experience is knowledge; but knowledge, when it is sought only as a material resource, is not always a blessing. Experience is wisdom; but wisdom, with those who lack vision, is not always power. Experience is tolerance; but tolerance, when it is induced by apathy, is not in the least a virtue.”

― Ameen Rihani

“Only a well-rounded intellect, a spirit nourished in the eternal sources of intelligence and culture, of justice and wisdom, is a safeguard against both indifference and skepticism.”

― Ameen Rihani

“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.”

― Amelia Earhart

“Because you are women, people will force their thinking on you, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“I had read Harold Bloom’s ‘Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?’ Late in his life, having read everything, Bloom asked which books had given him wisdom. I had just read a bunch of contemporary novels that had no wisdom for me.”

― Amor Towles

“There’s a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It’s impossible to be mature without having lived.”

― Amy Grant

“Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.”

― Anatole France

“I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.”

― Anatole France

“I was pretty sure I lacked the wisdom to be the commencement speaker, but after stewing over the idea for about 48 hours, I decided that if the senior class at the University of Wisconsin wants me to come speak, I’ll do whatever they ask me. I love that school.”

― Anders Holm

“Being a philosopher is to think, seek wisdom, and have principles that guide and influence what you do. It’s to give meaning to things, find your way in the world, believe that in the end, in every instance, good will overcome evil, even if there’s a bit of suffering along the way.”

― Andrea Pirlo

“The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.”

― Andrew Jackson

“The blowback against a bailout of Lehman would have been fierce. It is often forgotten, but the prevailing wisdom the day after Lehman fell was that its collapse was a good thing.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“When I was born, the wisdom was that homosexuality was an illness; that it was caused largely by somebody’s mother, and a distorted relationship with the mother. And now, as I live my life – married to a husband, with kids – it’s an identity.”

― Andrew Solomon

“Critical in this process of wisdom being passed down is that you also need to take it in; you need to listen to it.”

― Andrew Zuckerman

“Intuition is the wisdom formed by feeling and instinct – a gift of knowing without reasoning… Belief is ignited by hope and supported by facts and evidence – it builds alignment and creates confidence. Belief is what sets energy in motion and creates the success that breeds more success.”

― Angela Ahrendts

“You accumulate emotional wisdom as you get older. You know, when you’re 25, you go on blind dates with people that, when you’re 50, you know to stay away from.”

― Angus Deaton

“People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can’t manage it.”

― Anna Quindlen

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”

― Anne Bradstreet

“Mothers are supposed to listen and, afterward, to respond with some wisdom and perspective, but these things were not my mother’s strong suit.”

― Anne Lamott

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”

― Ansel Adams

“I’m very proud of the Rome episode of ‘No Reservations’ because it violated all the conventional wisdom about making television. You’re never, ever supposed to do a food or travel show in black and white.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“I’m married. My wife, Stella – a beautiful woman. She’s brought a lot of peace to my life, a lot of wisdom.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.”

― Anthony Trollope

“When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”

― Anton Chekhov

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”

― Anton Chekhov

“To advise is not to compel.”

― Anton Chekhov

“If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”

― Antonin Scalia

“The gods do not need sacrifices, so what might one do to please them? Acquire wisdom, it seems to me, and do all the good in one’s power to those humans who deserve it.”

― Apollonius of Tyana

“Multicolored stones and paintings, walkways, and theaters are useless in a city unless it also contains wisdom and law. Such things are the subject of wisdom and law, not equivalent to them.”

― Apollonius of Tyana

“Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man’s life if he has the weight and cares about the words.”

― Archibald MacLeish

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

― Archimedes

“Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left.”

― Arianna Huffington

“Conventional wisdom tells us we’ll only be happier after a divorce if the marriage itself was a war zone.”

― Ariel Gore

“A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.”

― Aristophanes

“Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.”

― Aristotle

“The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.”

― Aristotle

“Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”

― Arnold Palmer

“Start wide, expand further, and never look back.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I chose Sony Classics, not just because of their practical experience, not just because of their wisdom in marketing, but mainly because of their integrity.”

― Arthur Cohn

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

― Arthur Conan Doyle

“Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.”

― Arthur Helps

“We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.”

― Arthur Helps

“In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“I’m always interested in, I would say, not only sharing my wisdom, but acquiring other people’s wisdom as well.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“The biggest handicap in research is an ability to think outside the box. The handicap is being encumbered by all the conventional wisdom in a given field.”

― Aubrey de Grey

“If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.”

― Ausonius

“Knowledge is going to make you stronger. Knowledge is going to let you control your life. Knowledge is going to give you the wisdom to teach their children. Knowledge is the thing that makes you smile in the face of disaster.”

― Avery Brooks

“The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.”

― Ayn Rand

“Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.”

― Baltasar Gracian

“Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.”

― Baltasar Gracian

“No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy – well, you do the math. I refuse to go along with that. And as long as I’m President, I never will.”

― Barack Obama

“Practical wisdom is what’s called for in situations that have a moral dimension to them.”

― Barry Schwartz

“I’ll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth.”

― Barry White

“Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“Second, this epic tale allows the audience to actually listen to the Native Americans and receive their wisdom. Spielberg conveys the respect for Native Americans that is normally lacking in Western films.”

― Beau Bridges

“Many spiritual teachers – in Buddhism, in Islam – have talked about first-hand experience of the world as an important part of the path to wisdom, to enlightenment.”

― bell hooks

“You know, many people have said that I’m on the edge and I’m maverick for some of the big operations that I’ve done. I’m not at all. I pray; I ask God to give me wisdom, ‘Should I do it?’, guidance in terms of how to do it, who to consult with. All those kind of things are incredibly important.”

― Ben Carson

“I actually don’t think that I’m that much smarter than anybody else. It’s just that I frequently just seem to know what to do, and I think that’s wisdom.”

― Ben Carson

“In my own personal life, God plays a great role in the risk, because I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do – and not only for operating, but for everything.”

― Ben Carson

“I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do – and not only for operating, but for everything.”

― Ben Carson

“I’ve sold all but one of my microphones, put away my mini-notebooks, stopped scouring the Internet for scraps of wisdom.”

― Ben Dolnick

“I find the fact that billionaires are quoted as if the fact that they are billionaires gives them some kind of wisdom is outrageous.”

― Ben Elton

“Democracy’s premise rests on the notion that the collective wisdom of the majority will prove right more often than it’s wrong; that given sufficient opportunity in the pursuit of happiness, your population will develop its talents, its intellect, its better judgment; that over time its capacity for discernment and self-correction will be enlarged.”

― Ben Fountain

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”

― Ben Hogan

“The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“Man is only great when he acts from passion.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“When in doubt, don’t.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Honesty is the best policy.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“The doors of wisdom are never shut.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda.”

― Bennie Thompson

“Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom.”

― Bernard DeVoto

“As a citizen and someone who was a judge on the constitutional law court for 18 years, I feel whenever I can raise my voice with the hope of being heard I need to do it, but I wouldn’t assign a special wisdom and responsibility to writers.”

― Bernhard Schlink

“Being a survivor doesn’t mean being strong – it’s telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It’s paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors.”

― Bernie Siegel

“I believe the reason we sleep is not just to allow our body to rest but that it is to allow this inner wisdom to speak to us through symbols. This includes the body or somatic problems as well as psychological ones. Dreams and drawings are useful in diagnosing physical conditions.”

― Bernie Siegel

“Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.”

― Bertolt Brecht

“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

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, ‘Just watch!’”

― Bill Bradley

“I always prayed that God would give me the wisdom and the vision to do the things on this earth that I was supposed to do to express His life and love and His will.”

― Billy Ray Cyrus

“Passion without purpose is kind of pointless. I think God gives us the vision and wisdom to help enforce what he sees for us. You don’t just sit at home and end up on ‘Empire.’”

― BJ the Chicago Kid

“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.”

― Bo Bennett

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.”

― Bob Marley

“Many people have their reputations as reporters and analysts because they are on television, batting around conventional wisdom. A lot of these people have never reported a story.”

― Bob Woodward

“Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.”

― Bodhidharma

“My dad was a man of great wisdom in his short time here.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“Sometimes you surprise yourself with what you can handle, and if you come out the other end with some wisdom, then it’s not such a bad thing.”

― Boy George

“The DISCLOSE Act is a testament to the wisdom of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. The First Amendment sought to place political speech beyond the government’s control, and we can be glad that it did.”

― Bradley A. Smith

“This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.”

― Brenda Ueland

“I left school at 16 but I wish I’d gone to university – I think I would have studied English literature. I had a knack for that. But I don’t think you have the kind of wisdom at 16 to make that decision.”

― Brendan Coyle

“Research the leaders in fields related to yours, synthesize their findings, and see how you can apply their hard-won wisdom to your work. Stand on their shoulders, and then make a leap into new territory that is distinctly yours.”

― Brendon Burchard

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”

― Brian O’Driscoll

“One of the best pieces of wisdom I ever got is you work because you work, meaning you work because you’re saying yes to things, and you’re connecting with people.”

― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source.”

― Brigham Young

“I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.”

― Brigitte Bardot

“In order to predict effectively, we need to use science. And the reason that we need to use science is because then we can reproduce what we’re doing; it’s not just wisdom or guesswork. And if we can predict, then we can engineer the future.”

― Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

“What I like about graduation speeches is that they’re an opportunity for someone to make sense of their life and to impart that wisdom to someone else. It’s like a sanctioned self-help moment.”

― Bruce Eric Kaplan

“No, I never – no one ever – I never learned anything when I was a kid. Honestly, my parents had nothing to tell me – like, no wisdom, nothing.”

― Bruce Eric Kaplan

“Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it.”

― Bruce Lipton

“Suffering is one of life’s great teachers.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“There’s a lot of wisdom that my dad and my grandparents and my uncle have been able to impart on me, and what I’ve treasured the most is I’ve seen examples in my life of people embracing their creativity, not feeling insecure about their artistic inclinations.”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“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.”

― Buddha

“I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world – a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals.”

― Buddha

“Let my skin and sinews and bones dry up, together with all the flesh and blood of my body! I welcome it! But I will not move from this spot until I have attained the supreme and final wisdom.”

― Buddha

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”

― C. S. Lewis

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”

― Calvin Coolidge

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

― Carl Jung

“Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.”

― Carl Sandburg

“I’ve matured as a writer and human being. I’ve got some wisdom under my belt.”

― Carlene Carter

“To build a great company, which is a CEO’s job, sometimes you have to stand up against conventional wisdom.”

― Carly Fiorina

“When you experience difficulty at work or in your life, instead of looking back on it as something that was really challenging, look at it and ask yourself, ‘What wisdom did I learn from that?’”

― Caroline Ghosn

“It is my earnest hope that all parties across the political spectrum will bear Hong Kong’s long-term interests in mind, apply their political wisdom, and seek a consensus through open and rational communication with people of different views.”

― Carrie Lam

“Music is the marriage of the feelings of the living to the wisdom of the dead.”

― Cass McCombs

“Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom.”

― Cat Cora

“If we are not given the chance to forget, we are also not given the chance to recover our memories, to alter them with time, perspective, and wisdom. Forgetting, we can be ourselves beyond what the past has told us we are; we can evolve. That is the possibility we want from the future.”

― Caterina Fake

“I praise loudly. I blame softly.”

― Catherine the Great

“Even though my mom was talented and had a college degree, she lived in the era when the conventional wisdom in Dallas was that my dad worked, she was supposed to stay home and take care of the kids, and that was that. There really weren’t other opportunities for her, and most of them were volunteer opportunities.”

― Cecile Richards

“You know, it’s sort of common wisdom among New York publishers that short story collections don’t make money.”

― Chad Harbach

“If I can turn the most powerful part of the world into a land of wisdom and compassion, it’s going to change the rest of the world.”

― Chade-Meng Tan

“At, we believe that classroom teachers often know their students better than anybody else in the system and that their front-line experience gives them a special kind of wisdom.”

― Charles Best

“We believe in the wisdom of the front lines.”

― Charles Best

“We’ve heard people say that teachers have no business going rogue and trying to select their own books, technology, and classes – and citizens have no business deciding what is worthy. We believe in teachers. We believe in the wisdom of the crowd.”

― Charles Best

“I want to sit in my own sorrow, cry it out, talk to God, and say, ‘Give me strength, wisdom.’”

― Charles Bradley

“There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.”

― Charles Dickens

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

― Charles Dickens

“Most people in the Western world grow up with the received wisdom that Mozart was a genius. But few people necessarily know why. More than anyone else, he captured this something which is the human condition, the fine line that we all constantly dance between joy and pain, between absolute happiness and absolute heartbreak.”

― Charles Hazlewood

“To comprehend the Wisdom of this Injunction the better, and explain the Duty before us, it should be considered, that Government is the only Means by which human Happiness can be attained.”

― Charles Inglis

“We must learn from the sermons of Christ, the wisdom of Laotzu, the teachings of Buddha.”

― Charles Lindbergh

“Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next.”

― Charles Simmons

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“After many years of great mercy, after tasting of the powers of the world to come, we still are so weak, so foolish; but, oh! when we get away from self to God, there all is truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy, victory.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.”

― Charles Stanley

“If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit.”

― Charles Stanley

“For those of you who pray, I ask that you pray that I will always judge with wisdom and integrity as a faithful servant of the law.”

― Charles T. Canady

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.”

― Charlie Parker

“If religion comes into the public square, it is as vulnerable as any other human institution to be pelted with produce. Ignorance does not become wisdom just because you gussy it up with the Gospels.”

― Charlie Pierce

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”

― Charlotte Bronte

“Look twice before you leap.”

― Charlotte Bronte

“If my wisdom could get support from officials, I think society would move forward 20 years.”

― Chen Guangbiao

“Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit.”

― Chen Shui-bian

“I think it’s nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It’s a fair exchange.”

― Cherie Lunghi

“The advantage of age is that you swap youth for wisdom. You’re so full of insecurities when you’re young. ‘Who am I? What do I have to do for people to like me?’ You get caught up in things. You get very emotional about things.”

― Cherie Lunghi

“With age comes a greater wisdom, an ease and comfort with oneself.”

― Cherie Lunghi

“But I do think it’s important to remember that writers do not have a monopoly of wisdom on their books. They can be wrong about their own books, they can often learn about their own books.”

― China Mieville

“Conventional wisdom suggests the primary motivator for entrepreneurs is money or wealth creation and, in fact, much of the political debate tends to center around what kind of tax or regulatory policy changes will turn corporate suits into small business adventurers overnight.”

― Chip Conley

“I believe we have become paralyzed, paralyzed by our desire to be loved. Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.”

― Chris Christie

“Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.”

― Chris Christie

“There’s the conventional wisdom, of which I have none, where you get a record deal, you get a publicist, you get a campaign, and you do the tour, but none of that adds up to things like nuance and subtlety and dynamic.”

― Chris Robinson

“What would help us preserve our natural resources are genetic traits that let us sacrifice the present for the sake of the future. You need wisdom to sacrifice something that is immediately useful or advantageous for the sake of something that will be important in the future.”

― Christian de Duve

“The conventional wisdom in an election year is that nothing will get done until after the election.”

― Christine Todd Whitman

“The left has come to regard common sense – the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community – as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment.”

― Christopher Lasch

“What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that’s how I approached the part.”

― Christopher Reeve

“Never accept ultimatums, conventional wisdom, or absolutes.”

― Christopher Reeve

“I associate wisdom and grace with age.”

― Christy Turlington

“Some coaches pray for wisdom. I pray for 260-pound tackles. They’ll give me plenty of wisdom.”

― Chuck Noll

“It’s one thing to really dream and have a vision and want all these cool things, but it’s a whole other thing when you actually have wisdom and understand things. Then you can truly make the best decisions.”

― Ciara

“You can’t sweep other people off their feet, if you can’t be swept off your own.”

― Clarence Day

“People used to grow up in small communities where folk wisdom was passed down. But we don’t live there anymore. We can’t go next door to your aunt and ask her for the answers.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“What’s unique about the Mormon Church is that it encourages inquiry. I really do think my research and religion are all on the same page. I never could have come up with the notion of disruptive innovations, which went against a lot of conventional wisdom, if I hadn’t been raised to always be asking questions.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.”

― Clifford Stoll

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

― Coco Chanel

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

― Colin Powell

“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”

― Colin Powell

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

― 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

“There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.”

― Confucius

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”

― Confucius

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”

― Confucius

“The greatest wisdom is to realize one’s lack of it.”

― Constantin Stanislavski

“I always felt called to serve, to empower and ennoble as many people as I could, teaching, truth-telling, exposing lies, bearing witness, and being willing to live and die for something bigger than yourself. I had a passion and love of learning and wisdom that was inseparable from a love of music and the arts.”

― Cornel West

“I think I’d be a very good dad, and I think I’d have a lot of wisdom to share.”

― Craig David

“Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.”

― Cyril Connolly

“There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.”

― Cyril Connolly

“We should draw deep into Madiba’s wisdom. We should draw deep into Madiba’s style of doing things in an orderly manner, in a purposeful manner, in a way where we focus.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“The wisdom and experience of older people is a resource of inestimable worth. Recognizing and treasuring the contributions of older people is essential to the long-term flourishing of any society.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“History is filled with tragic examples of wars that result from diplomatic impasse. Whether in our local communities or in international relations, the skillful use of our communicative capacities to negotiate and resolve differences is the first evidence of human wisdom.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“Applause is a receipt, not a bill.”

― Dale Carnegie

“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.”

― Dale Turner

“Has Werner Herzog ever said anything that wasn’t true? What a brilliant fountain of wisdom. Everything he touches I’m just fascinated by.”

― Dan Gilroy

“Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.”

― Dan Rather

“There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking – and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones.”

― Daniel Dae Kim

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.”

― Daniel J. Boorstin

“Common wisdom in Texas Hold’em suggests that you should raise before the flop if you’re planning to play a hand. The saying goes, ‘Raise or fold,’ but is that correct? Well, it’s not the worst advice, but limiting yourself to one of these two options would be a mistake.”

― Daniel Negreanu

“Wisdom begins at the end.”

― Daniel Webster

“You make a product, and you put it out, and you do it with as much excellence and also wisdom as possible, and then it’s the Lord that drives it and determines where it will go.”

― David A. R. White

“The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state; infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery.”

― David Brainerd

“Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut, that held its ground.”

― David Icke

“The first series of ‘Open All Hours’ came and went without much fanfare because the BBC, in its almighty wisdom, put it out on BBC2, reasoning that it was ‘a gentle comedy’, better suited to the calms of the second channel than to the noisier, choppier waters of the first.”

― David Jason

“Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won’t primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins.”

― David Limbaugh

“One of the advantages of having gone to Penn State was having had a scholar for a mentor – Philip Young. Also, a professional writer named Philip Klass taught there. He was a science fiction writer whose pseudonym was William Tenn. As a professional writer, he brought wisdom to teaching because he’d done it for a living.”

― David Morrell

“There’s always a miasma of misinformation emerging from the higher education sector as to which are the ‘best’ courses to take. My advice would always be to ignore the perceived wisdom and look for the most reliable evidence on the ground.”

― David Puttnam

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”

― David Starr Jordan

“It was the Michael Jordan/Nike phenomenon that really let people see that athletes were OK, and black athletes were OK. Defying a previous wisdom – not only that black athletes wouldn’t sell in white America, but that the NBA as a predominantly black sport could not sell in white America.”

― David Stern

“Lion sounds that have not grown from the mouse may exude naked power… but cannot convey any wisdom or understanding… The initial steps on the path to courageous speech then are the first tentative steps into the parts of us that cannot speak.”

― David Whyte

“In an era in which war and terrorism – at home and abroad – are often based on racial, religious and ethnic differences, rediscovering the wisdom of love and compassion may help us increase our survival at a time when an increasingly divided country and world so badly need it.”

― Dean Ornish

“No one has a monopoly on truth, and science continues to advance. Yesterday’s heresies may be tomorrow’s conventional wisdom.”

― Dean Ornish

“Rediscovering the wisdom of love and compassion may help us survive at a time when an increasingly balkanized world so badly needs it.”

― Dean Ornish

“Never say never, but the thought of electively cutting oneself is beyond my grasp, and I also object to it politically. Denying the lines on our faces makes a comment about age and wisdom I don’t care to make.”

― Debra Winger

“We are a very youth-driven culture, and I don’t really know why because wisdom tends to come with more years, not fewer.”

― Dede Gardner

“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 Hock

“In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit.”

― Deepak Chopra

“In societies where mature workers are respected and where their wisdom is respected, everybody benefits. Workers are more engaged and productive. Their health is better. They live longer.”

― Deepak Chopra

“As a husband, father and public servant, I’m thankful for the counsel and wisdom of my older brothers – Bill, who was a priest, and Kevin, who is a priest.”

― Denis McDonough

“My first paying gig was a play called ‘The Voice of the Prairie’ at a theater that no longer exists in Chicago called Wisdom Bridge. I played a fast-talking radio huckster – a salesman of crystal sets in the 1920s – and I actually won an award. Look at that! And then promptly didn’t get hired for a year.”

― Denis O’Hare

“You must accept responsibility for your actions, but not the credit for your achievements.”

― Denis Waitley

“Given the unprecedented ignorance of the Bible in contemporary America, it is likely that more young Americans will only know the Noah of ‘Noah.’ We can only hope that the film offers even a fraction of the wisdom of the original.”

― Dennis Prager

“A few years ago you couldn’t go from TV to film. It was like a ‘no no’ but I believe when you find a plan and purpose that God has for your life, there’s not anything man can do to you. Especially when your faith is not really standing in the wisdom of man, you’re really standing in the wisdom of God.”

― Derek Luke

“It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn’t have it, to fear and suspect the worst.”

― Desiderius Erasmus

“The plan was criticized by some retired military officers embedded in TV studios. But with every advance by our coalition forces, the wisdom of that plan becomes more apparent.”

― Dick Cheney

“Why would anyone walk through life satisfied with the light from the candle of their own understanding when, by reaching out to our Heavenly Father, they could experience the bright sun of spiritual knowledge that would expand their minds with wisdom and fill their souls with joy?”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.”

― Diogenes

“The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.”

― Don Shula

“Everything important always begins from something trivial.”

― Donald Hall

“It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.”

― Donald Trump

“Ending poverty calls for humility, honesty, freedom from ideology and refusal to accept cruel simplicities about anyone’s human potential. It requires listening to the wisdom and cutting the nonsense from both the Right and the Left.”

― Donella Meadows

“If you’re a Supreme Court justice, the American people have elevated you to one of the highest offices in the land out of the goodness of their heart and out of deference to your legal wisdom. You get a lifetime appointment, limitless prestige, a great office, and what I have to assume is a very comfortable chair.”

― Donna Brazile

“We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance.”

― Dora Russell

“Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences. At the very simplest, it can be: ‘He/she was born, lived, died.’ Probably that is the template of our stories – a beginning, middle, and end. This structure is in our minds.”

― Doris Lessing

“Conventional wisdom is not always the best wisdom.”

― Doug Ducey

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”

― Doug Larson

“Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.”

― Doug Larson

“Resource efficiency is the wrong metric. We should use nature as the measure, using nature’s wisdom as a template for our economic systems.”

― Douglas Tompkins

“Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.”

― Dr. Seuss

“The ‘wisdom of the crowds’ is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in my life. Crowds are dumb.”

― Drew Curtis

“The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I don’t know that you’re able to measure your aggregate wisdom as you go through life. I can’t say that I ever feel that I’m sitting on top of a growing mound of wisdom.”

― Dylan Moran

“Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.”

― e. e. cummings

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.”

― E. O. Wilson

“The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom.”

― Ed Miliband

“He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.”

― Edgar Fiedler

“Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.”

― Edith Wharton

“Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.”

― Edmund Burke

“But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.”

― Edmund Burke

“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the Ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.”

― Edmund Morgan

“Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.”

― Edna Ferber

“Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.”

― Edward Everett Hale

“A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values.”

― Edward Levi

“The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought.”

― Edward Young

“The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss.”

― Edward Young

“Big money is not a good thing for a little soul: it will only ensnare his feet, and he will fall to his ruin. Wealth is safe only for those who have a wealth of wisdom.”

― Edwin Markham

“It is better to rust out than wear out.”

― Edwin Markham

“While conventional wisdom has traditionally sided against borrowing from retirement savings, sentiment has shifted toward borrowing from one’s own assets with the realization that other forms of credit come at a much higher cost and often are not even available to borrowers with limited means and urgent needs.”

― Elaine Chao

“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”

― Elbert Hubbard

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

“I’ve led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I’ve learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I’ve learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide.”

― Elena Kagan

“After 25-plus years as a lawyer, prosecutor, and defense attorney, I have developed a deep appreciation for both the wisdom of the law and the role that jurists play in framing the rights and responsibilities that define our society.”

― Eliot Spitzer

“The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.”

― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.”

― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Ask Elizabeth is a community of voices, it’s not me standing on a podium telling people how to run their lives, it’s girls helping each other sharing their wisdom and advice and I create a space for them to do it.”

― Elizabeth Berkley

“Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.”

― Elizabeth Bibesco

“Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.”

― Elizabeth Gaskell

“Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.”

― Elizabeth George

“I don’t think you can come into your wisdom until you have made mistakes on your own skin and felt them in reality of your own life.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

“Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more.”

― Elizabeth Hardwick

“We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We’re connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct.”

― Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey

“I believe that when an elder dies, a library is burned: vast sums of wisdom and knowledge are lost. Throughout the world libraries are ablaze with scant attention.”

― Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey

“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”

― Elizabeth Kenny

“I’m someone who’s done the opposite of whatever the received wisdom is, to keep your career going into your 50s.”

― Elizabeth McGovern

“It’s not the having, it’s the getting.”

― Elizabeth Taylor

“Age is a terrible avenger. The lessons of life give you so much to work with, but by the time you’ve got all this great wisdom, you don’t get to be young anymore.”

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

“It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better.”

― Ella Maillart

“The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.”

― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”

― Ellen Glasgow

“I think people get confused about who Merlin is. It’s not his age that makes him: it’s wisdom, and wisdom is not necessarily linked to age. Definitely not in the same way in the world of ‘Once Upon a Time.’”

― Elliot Knight

“The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness.”

― Emanuel Swedenborg

“Keep well; that is the half of wisdom and of happiness.”

― Emile Zola

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

― Epictetus

“It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.”

― Epictetus

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

― Epicurus

“Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.”

― Epicurus

“Both old and young alike ought to seek wisdom: the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come.”

― Epicurus

“As a parent and a citizen, I’ll take a Bill Gates (or Warren Buffett) over Steve Jobs every time. If we must have billionaires, better they should ignore Jobs’s example and instead embrace the morality and wisdom of the great industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.”

― Eric Alterman

“When you’re around some of the greatest minds in boxing, and you don’t take something from it, you’re a fool. I would just sit and listen to Don King talk all day, and everyone would be like, ‘He talks too much.’ I would tell them, ‘No, there’s wisdom in these conversations.’”

― Eric B.

“I sought my father in the world of the black musician, because it contained wisdom, experience, sadness and loneliness. I was not ever interested in the music of boys. From my youngest years, I was interested in the music of men.”

― Eric Clapton

“You know how people always talk about how vision is the key to entrepreneurship and perseverance and really seeing what other people don’t see? We can actually redeem a fair amount of that folk wisdom.”

― Eric Ries

“No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.”

― Erica Jong

“When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds to see who got wise and who not. Lots of old people don’t get wise, but you don’t get wise unless you age.”

― Erik Erikson

“Learning how to get in tune with your field of energy and understand how to create your energy, expand that energy, and move that energy through your body. Coming back to your center, and approaching life from that center-to-line place… That to me gave me strength and understanding and hopefully wisdom to solve life’s problems and challenges.”

― Erin Gray

“Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.”

― Erma Bombeck

“Age does not bring you wisdom, age brings you wrinkles.”

― Estelle Getty

“The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.”

― Esther Williams

“You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.”

― Ethel Barrymore

“Leave no stone unturned.”

― Euripides

“Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.”

― Euripides

“Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.”

― Euripides

“Cleverness is not wisdom.”

― Euripides

“Some wisdom you must learn from one who’s wise.”

― Euripides

“In your 20s you can be pretty, but you don’t accomplish real beauty until you find wisdom and depth.”

― Evangeline Lilly

“Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.”

― Evelyn Underhill

“He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.”

― Evelyn Waugh

“A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments.”

― Ezra Stiles

“In justice to human society it may perhaps be said of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world, however imperfect, that they have been founded in and carried on with very considerable wisdom.”

― Ezra Stiles

“The constitutions of Maryland and New York are founded in higher wisdom.”

― Ezra Stiles

“With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Young people, you need the wisdom of age, just as some of us older ones need your enthusiasm for life.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“In the beginning, Adam was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow – not Eve. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a mother’s place is in the home!”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Blessed are they who seek to learn wisdom.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“We are shallow because we are ‘mayabang,’ ego driven, and do not have the humility to understand that we are only human, much too human to mistake knowledge for wisdom.”

― F. Sionil Jose

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

― Felix Frankfurter

“Giving opens the way for receiving.”

― Florence Scovel Shinn

“Wise men make more opportunities than they find.”

― Francis Bacon

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.”

― Francis Bacon

“There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.”

― Francis Bacon

“It is impossible to love and to be wise.”

― Francis Bacon

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”

― Francis Bacon

“There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man’s own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.”

― Francis Bacon

“I’m always feeling like I’m lacking wisdom. This reassurance that one can ask God for that and it will happen is certainly reassuring to me.”

― Francis Collins

“Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.”

― Francis Hutcheson

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”

― Francis of Assisi

“Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.”

― Francis of Assisi

“Holy wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickednesses.”

― Francis of Assisi

“Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.”

― Francis Quarles

“Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains.”

― Francis Quarles

“Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“We all grow up. Hopefully, we get wiser. Age brings wisdom, and fatherhood changes one’s life completely.”

― Frank Abagnale

“It was not that long ago when the accepted wisdom in football was that the running game had to be established – that was always the obligatory verb: established – before passes could become effective. My, we know how that has changed. Now the pass is established from the get-go, and running is an afterthought.”

― Frank Deford

“First a piece of Irish wisdom: you should always listen to a bookie. For they have a saying, ‘Money tells a good story,’ and somewhere in their odds is a kind of science-fiction existentialism that decrees that we, the people, know everything. In other words, betting patterns often make for good, unconscious soothsaying.”

― Frank Delaney

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.”

― Franz Grillparzer

“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”

― Franz Kafka

“The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it.”

― Frederick William Robertson

“It has become part of the accepted wisdom to say that the twentieth century was the century of physics and the twenty-first century will be the century of biology.”

― Freeman Dyson

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“Don’t ask for a million dollars. Ask for the stuff that’ll get you a million dollars – your health, your brain, your sanity, wisdom. Prepare me for when I do get that million. Make sure I don’t go crazy, make sure I help my family.”

― Future

“Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them.”

― Gabriel Marcel

“Remarkable contributions are typically spawned by a passionate commitment to transcendent values such as beauty, truth, wisdom, justice, charity, fidelity, joy, courage and honor.”

― Gary Hamel

“The common wisdom is that only about 1 percent of a novelist’s research ends up in his or her book. In my experience, it’s even less – closer to a tenth of a percent.”

― Gayle Lynds

“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

“’Star Trek’ was an attempt to say humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in lifeforms.”

― Gene Roddenberry

“We all fall into biological and mental habits. It’s an easy way for us to navigate day-to-day work and life, but it also doesn’t do us any favours in terms of growing into wisdom, growing into a greater understanding of each other, growing into a deeper relationship – all the things that we really crave.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“Once you’re looking for wisdom, you have to look at why things happen and why people behave how they do: you cannot, in all conscience, accept any form of prejudice.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“As great as Ed is, the wisdom out here is that he can’t carry a movie. They’ll pay him $3 million to be the second banana in Julia Roberts things. But they won’t put up $3 million for an Ed Harris movie.”

― George A. Romero

“I did learn that some of the things that are great for locker rooms are inappropriate for political discourse. That’s a wisdom I’ve garnered.”

― George Allen

“Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don’t use that ability as best we can.”

― George Allen, Sr.

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.”

― George C. Marshall

“They are few in the midst of an overwhelming mass of brute force, and their submission is wisdom; but for a nation like England to submit to be robbed by any invader who chooses to visit her shores seemed to me to be nonsense.”

― George Combe

“Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.”

― George Crabbe

“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”

― George Eliot

“In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.”

― George Eliot

“More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.”

― George Eliot

“None knows the weight of another’s burden.”

― George Herbert

“There should be a point to movies. Sure, you’re giving people a diversion from the cold world for a bit, but at the same time, you pass on some facts and rules and maybe a little bit of wisdom.”

― George Lucas

“The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.”

― George MacDonald

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

― George S. Patton

“Wisdom comes by disillusionment.”

― George Santayana

“The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.”

― George Santayana

“Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.”

― George Santayana

“Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.”

― George William Curtis

“We dwell in the house of the body, but its perfection and intricate life are the work of a wisdom which never relaxes dominion over a single cell.”

― George William Russell

“Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.”

― Gerald Brenan

“The idea of victimage is a dreadful thing, a product of a safe middle-class perspective. What people who are not safe develop is a tragic wisdom, a wisdom that embraces contradiction and seeks a sense of balance rather than going to extremes.”

― Gerald Vizenor

“In garden arrangement, as in all other kinds of decorative work, one has not only to acquire a knowledge of what to do, but also to gain some wisdom in perceiving what it is well to let alone.”

― Gertrude Jekyll

“Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“The difference between a 20-something and a 30-something man? Wisdom. At 20 years old, we don’t really get how sensitive and beautiful women are. By 30, we’re finally starting to learn.”

― Gilles Marini

“God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom.”

― Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

“But in its final creation it was not the part of the Father’s power to fail as though exhausted. It was not the part of His wisdom to waver in a needful matter through poverty of counsel.”

― Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

“I love the early sonatas; I love the early Mozart, period. I’m really fond of that moment when he was either emulating Haydn or Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach or anybody but himself. The moment he found himself, as conventional wisdom would have it, at the age of 18 or 19 or 20, I stop being so interested in him.”

― Glenn Gould

“There are so many great YouTubers who might have a hit, but they come and they go. Maintaining and being here, just being able to relate to what’s going on and putting my spin on the world, I bring not my age, but my my wisdom, and that’s something some of the younger ones can’t contribute.”

― GloZell

“The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom.”

― Gordon Gee

“My mother inculcated wisdom in us, and I want to preserve her wisdom in writing.”

― Govinda

“Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.”

― Graham Greene

“Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.”

― Greg Anderson

“As a society, we come up lacking in many of the marks of compassion and wisdom by which we measure ourselves as civilized.”

― Greg Boyle

“A man of strength and wisdom, John Paul became an inspiration to generations of both Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world by encouraging freedom, promoting peace and respecting all faiths.”

― Greg Walden

“I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom; I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients.”

― Gustave Courbet

“Eventually, we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness – all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had – outside of us.”

― Guy Finley

“I love being. There’s so much wisdom in it. You wake up in the morning and you think, Hey, isn’t it great just being?”

― Gwyneth Paltrow

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”

― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.”

― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“For most of us, wisdom is acquired in the thicket of experience and usually meets us somewhere along the way if we live long enough. But sooner is better than later.”

― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

― H. L. Mencken

“The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Much of the conventional wisdom associated with Vietnam was highly inaccurate. Far from an inevitable result of the imperative to contain communism, the war was only made possible through lies and deceptions aimed at the American public, Congress, and members of Lyndon Johnson’s own administration.”

― H. R. McMaster

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

― Hal Borland

“Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but 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 forth faith rather than reason.”

― Hal Borland

“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

“Whatever one thinks of the wisdom of building a mosque near Ground Zero, this controversy now affords us an immense opportunity to examine who we are as a people. It provides us with the opportunity to get back to our foundational ideals, which have always stood as a beacon for the rest of the world.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“We need to hear stories from older women. There’s a wealth of wisdom and real resilience there, but they’re silenced.”

― Hannah Gadsby

“The will to set values and the power to make them law are jointly at the bottom of all operative norms. When linked to divine wisdom, this source of moral law is still in safe hands which man can trust.”

― Hans Jonas

“It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance.”

― Harold S. Geneen

“You want people walking away from the conversation with some kernel of wisdom or some kind of impact.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.”

― Harvey Mackay

“Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.”

― Havelock Ellis

“If you and I desire the blessings of life, of health, of vigor of body and mind; if we desire the destroying angel to pass us by, as he did in the days of the children of Israel, we must obey the Word of Wisdom; then God is bound, and the blessing shall come to us.”

― Heber J. Grant

“When you’re young, you wonder what all these old people are droning on about, trying to impart their wisdom. It’s not relevant to you because being young is such a specific thing. Thank God for that. Thank God for the young people who go out and demonstrate against rampant capitalism or whatever.”

― Helen Mirren

“Normally street children are shown in terms of the tragedy of their lives – which is true – but there’s also another dimension: their wisdom, dignity and enormous capacity for survival.”

― Henning Mankell

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

― Henry Ford

“I don’t see the wisdom in modern politicians that I once saw in men like Dean Acheson, David Bruce, or George Marshall. In my day, the northeastern establishment dominated foreign policy formulation, but the composition and distribution of our population is very different today.”

― Henry Kissinger

“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.”

― Henry Miller

“All conventional wisdom has an element of truth to it, but good design requires more than an element of truth – it requires an ensemble of correct assumptions and valid calculations.”

― Henry Petroski

“While I have no empirical evidence to back this up, I bet that the number of homosexual people per thousand has not fluctuated all that much over the centuries. I do not believe the dented wisdom my father used to extol, that homosexuality was a sure sign of a civilization in decline.”

― Henry Rollins

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

― Henry Van Dyke

“Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.”

― Henry Van Dyke

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.”

― Herb Caen

“Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next.”

― Herbert Hoover

“Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.”

― Herbert Hoover

“The thing that we possess, that machines don’t, is the ability to exhibit wisdom.”

― Herbie Hancock

“Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.”

― Herbie Hancock

“You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can’t practice to attain wisdom.”

― Herbie Hancock

“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.”

― Herman Melville

“Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.”

― Hermann Hesse

“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

“The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.”

― Hermann Hesse

“I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done.”

― Hillary Clinton

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”

― Hippolyte Taine

“If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.”

― Holly Near

“In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!”

― Homer

“The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.”

― Honore de Balzac

“A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.”

― Horace

“Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.”

― Horace

“The ‘Reader’s Digest’ used to run a feature called ‘It Pays to Increase Your Word Power.’ The new wisdom – post-Trump and Brexit – is that it doesn’t.”

― Howard Jacobson

“Personal computers were created by some teenagers in garages because the, the wisdom of the computer industry was that people didn’t want these little toys on their desk.”

― Howard Rheingold

“You have to know when to stop – that’s wisdom.”

― Hubert de Givenchy

“The word philosophy sounds high-minded, but it simply means the love of wisdom. If you love something, you don’t just read about it; you hug it, you mess with it, you play with it, you argue with it.”

― Hugh Jackman

“The conventional wisdom is that if you are gay, you cannot play the romantic straight lead in a movie.”

― Ian Mckellen

“We’re living in a society where you need to be accountable for your actions, for your behavior – for yourself. To sit back and be reactive would be to allow your children to make big mistakes without the benefit of your wisdom being bestowed on them. It’s not what my parents taught me.”

― Ian Ziering

“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

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

― Immanuel Kant

“Even if you only meditate for ten minutes a day, it is ten minutes well spent and, in the long term, can give you the wisdom to see that the answers to our problems lie within us.”

― Ingrid Seward

“Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”

― Iris Murdoch

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

― Isaac Asimov

“When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.”

― Isaac Bashevis Singer

“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.”

― Isaac D’Israeli

“Whatever religion or wisdom, spirituality and values are important to me and to the business.”

― Isabelle Kocher

“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.”

― J. Michael Straczynski

“It’s funny, because in deference to conventional wisdom, I spent my struggling writer years trying to suppress my naturally baroque literary voice and write clean, spare prose. I finally gave up and embraced my baroque tendencies when I wrote the Kushiel series.”

― Jacqueline Carey

“All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.”

― James A. Garfield

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”

― James Allen

“Various justifications for lower capital-gains rates have been proffered over the years, none of them self-evident. But even conceding the wisdom of lower capital-gains rates, why should they never be taxed at all, even as they are passed from generation to generation?”

― James B. Stewart

“Saudi Arabia is a puritanical state that claims a monopoly of wisdom and virtue.”

― James Buchan

“To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.”

― James Buchanan

“There is no greater privilege in living than bringing a tiny new human being into the world and then trying to raise him or her properly during the next eighteen years. Doing that job right requires all the intelligence, wisdom, and determination you will be able to muster from day to day.”

― James Dobson

“Information is not knowledge, and knowledge is not wisdom. Reading – even browsing – an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search. Patience is a virtue, gluttony a sin.”

― James Gleick

“The conventional wisdom is that people come to the United States, and immigration is so great, and they say, ‘America, what a great country.’ And a lot of that is true.”

― James Gray

“It’s very hard to know what wisdom is.”

― James Hillman

“He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.”

― James Huneker

“We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.”

― James M. Barrie

“Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.”

― James Madison

“Words of wisdom are spoken by children at least as often as scientists.”

― James Newman

“After the knowledge of, and obedience to, the will of God, the next aim must be to know something of His attributes of wisdom, power, and goodness as evidenced by His handiwork.”

― James Prescott Joule

“As you mature and gain a semblance of wisdom and a sense of what life is all about… this is by no means true of everyone, but a lot of actors like to escape themselves. Inhabiting another person’s persona is often a good way of escaping yourself.”

― James Purefoy

“Women are stronger than men – they do not die of wisdom.”

― James Stephens

“Man works outwardly and inwardly – after rest, he has energy; after energy, he needs repose; so, when we have given instruction for a time, we need instruction and must receive it, or the spirit faints and wisdom herself grows bitter.”

― James Stephens

“Linux is a complex example of the wisdom of crowds. It’s a good example in the sense that it shows you can set people to work in a decentralized way – that is, without anyone really directing their efforts in a particular direction – and still trust that they’re going to come up with good answers.”

― James Surowiecki

“It’s probably conventional wisdom now that you bring openness of markets only after the market has developed to a certain level.”

― James Wolfensohn

“As I visited the various neighborhoods in the campaign, I learned fast that it’s a mistake to think that all of the wisdom and possible solutions to our problems are available only in this building.”

― Jane Byrne

“One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go.”

― Jane Fonda

“I’m now the elder in the position of doling out wisdom and trying to mend fences.”

― Jane Fonda

“Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom; unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel.”

― Jane Porter

“If to live is to progress, if you are lucky, from foolishness to wisdom, then to write novels is to broadcast the various stages of your foolishness.”

― Jane Smiley

“The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.”

― Jane Wyman

“In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don’t let your eyes deceive you.”

― Janet Jackson

“I’m no expert. I have no psychic powers, and I sure don’t possess any secret wisdom. I’m just Janet. I have strengths, weaknesses, fears, happiness, sadness. I experience joy and I experience pain. I’m highly emotional. I’m very vulnerable.”

― Janet Jackson

“In complete darkness, it is only knowledge and wisdom that separates us.”

― Janet Jackson

“The wisdom of crowds works when the crowd is choosing the price of an ox, when there’s a single numeric average. But if it’s a design or something that matters, the decision is made by committee, and that’s crap. You want people and groups who are able to think thoughts before they share.”

― Jaron Lanier

“I don’t think I really have any wisdom. Stay out of trouble. Good luck. Stay away from women because they will burn you, haha.”

― Jason Aldean

“While people are quick to praise the wisdom of the crowd, being an old-school journalist, I look at the wisdom of the crowd and know it can quickly turn into a mob mentality.”

― Jason Calacanis

“The wisdom of the crowds has peaked. Web 3.0 is taking what we’ve built in Web 2.0 – the wisdom of the crowds – and putting an editorial layer on it of truly talented, compensated people to make the product more trusted and refined.”

― Jason Calacanis

“Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz – a true rhapsody in blue – are hunted to the edge of silence.”

― Jay Griffiths

“If people can’t acknowledge the wisdom of indigenous cultures, then that’s their loss.”

― Jay Griffiths

“My government, you can be assured, will be less focused on personalities. It is about treating people with respect. I think complaining about the community not being able to see the wisdom of our ideas is the wrong approach.”

― Jay Weatherill

“The extreme limit of wisdom, that’s what the public calls madness.”

― Jean Cocteau

“Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.”

― Jean de La Fontaine

“Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.”

― Jean Giraudoux

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.”

― Jean Paul

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

― Jean Paul

“Commitment is an act, not a word.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

“The conventional wisdom is that authors get only one chance in this world. If your first novel doesn’t sell, publishers and bookstores lose interest, and your career stalls, barring an act of God or Oprah.”

― Jeff Giles

“Peace is a fragile thing. It takes courage to secure it. It takes wisdom to maintain it.”

― Jenny Shipley

“Knowledge is the consequence of time, and multitude of days are fittest to teach wisdom.”

― Jeremy Collier

“I have tried at every point to seek God’s wisdom on the decisions I made, and I made it my business to speak up on behalf of the things God tells us are important to Him.”

― Jesse Helms

“’Swan,’ by Mary Oliver. Poems and prose. Reading from this book is as if visiting a very wise friend. There is wisdom and welcoming kindness on every page.”

― Jessye Norman

“A grandparent can be simply affirming. A grandparent has been there, done that child-raising stuff, and has the wisdom of experience. And so in some ways, they’re free to love without the anxiety of being the actual parents. They’re free to give.”

― Jewell Parker Rhodes

“I regret behaving badly when I was younger. I did not know any better at the time. The thing is that the incidents that I caused were not funny… Youth is wasted on the young. It is better to have the wisdom of an old man in a young body… I was a bit foolish and teased people, trying to be funny.”

― Jim Broadbent

“It was always important to me to make sure Pooh came across as much more than a bear of very little brain. There is an innate wisdom there somewhere.”

― Jim Broadbent

“It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”

― Jim Carrey

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

― Jim Elliot

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

― Jim Rohn

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”

― Jim Rohn

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”

― Jimi Hendrix

“After a gig I always head back to the hotel, remembering granny’s words of wisdom. I cancel the late-night pizza and watch the Jonathan Ross show instead.”

― Jimmy Carr

“Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.”

― Jimmy Carter

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.”

― Joan Rivers

“Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.”

― Joan Rivers

“If they can prove that I am wrong by that time, I will give it up to their wisdom, but not after to any one’s judgment, till I see the end of another year; for the Lord will begin with a new century; and I will see what he will do, before I will hearken to any man’s judgment.”

― Joanna Southcott

“In my fifties, I was still in creation mode. Now I have more of a responsibility to step back and mentor and offer wisdom, offer sign posts on the path.”

― Jodie Evans

“We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy.”

― Joe Baca

“Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control. And it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realized that you either became a power or you were crushed.”

― Joe Strummer

“Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth, wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit and attainment is always security and order.”

― Johan Huizinga

“All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward.”

― Johann Georg Hamann

“The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Wisdom is found only in truth.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying.”

― Johannes Tauler

“God in His wisdom has decided that He will reward no works but His own.”

― Johannes Tauler

“What’s different now is that while political leaders used to give talking points to talk radio, now talk-radio hosts are giving talking points to political leaders. It’s all part of the suffocating spin cycle we’re in. In media, politics and publishing, the conventional wisdom is to play to this base.”

― John Avlon

“I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom.”

― John Barrymore

“Even youngish men can acquire wisdom as time goes by.”

― John Bercow

“The result showed the wisdom of your orders.”

― John Bigelow

“The woods were a boon; all too often, the forest offered danger and mystery. Yet it could be liberating. If you entered that wild place on its own terms, you might be accorded wisdom.”

― John Burnside

“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.”

― John Burroughs

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”

― John Burroughs

“Wisdom cannot come by railroad or automobile or aeroplane, or be hurried up by telegraph or telephone.”

― John Burroughs

“The topic ‘Farm Wisdom’ is not a gospel doctrine or scriptural topic, although I found considerable scriptural support for the lessons learned on the farm.”

― John Bytheway

“When we contend, let us contend for all our rights – the doubtful and the certain, the unimportant and essential. It is as easy to contend, or even more so, for the whole as for a part. At the termination of the contest, secure all that our wisdom and valour and the fortune of war will permit.”

― John C. Calhoun

“There is often, in the affairs of government, more efficiency and wisdom in non-action than in action.”

― John C. Calhoun

“It is a remarkable fact in the political history of man that there is scarcely an instance of a free constitutional government which has been the work exclusively of foresight and wisdom. They have all been the result of a fortunate combination of circumstances.”

― John C. Calhoun

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”

― John C. Maxwell

“The conventional wisdom with David Mamet is, you do not change a word. And that agrees with me. If you want to change any of David’s words, it’s like wanting to change the iambic pentameter in Shakespeare – you should do something else.”

― John C. McGinley

“Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.”

― John Cheever

“Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.”

― John Cheever

“Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.”

― John D. Rockefeller

“Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.”

― John Denham

“In terms of the past, I think we’ve all learned from the past. I think that’s great wisdom.”

― John Dorsey

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

― John F. Kennedy

“I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.”

― John F. Kennedy

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”

― John F. Kennedy

“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.”

― John F. Kennedy

“Wisdom sails with wind and time.”

― John Florio

“It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly.”

― John George Nicolay

“Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.”

― John Henry Newman

“A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.”

― John Henry Newman

“But the law of God came from heaven indeed. God wrote it with his finger, it is the fountain of all wisdom, and therefore shall it continue for ever, and never have an end.”

― John Jewel

“I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.”

― John Keats

“One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.”

― John Kenneth Galbraith

“The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.”

― John Kenneth Galbraith

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.”

― John Lubbock

“Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.”

― John McCain

“Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed.”

― John McCain

“When a president makes life and death decisions, he should draw strength and wisdom from broad and deep experience with the reasons for and the risks of committing our children to our defense. For no matter how many others are involved in the decision, the president is a lonely man in a dark room when the casualty reports come in.”

― John McCain

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

― John Muir

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.”

― John Muir

“Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.”

― John Patrick

“Since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents, it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well.”

― John Paul Jones

“We are all responsible to Jesus first, and then, under him, to various other persons and offices. Discerning the path of love and obedience when two or more of these submissive relationships collide is a call to humble, Bible-saturated, spiritual wisdom.”

― John Piper

“Instant, soluble coffee has long been the unspeakable wasteland of the coffee business. Conventional wisdom would be that no premium brand should go near it. But Howard Schultz’s vision from day one has been to bring quality coffee to the mass market.”

― John Quelch

“The more you meditate on the laws of Moses, the more striking and brighter does their wisdom appear.”

― John Quincy Adams

“A cardinal rule in budgeting and saving is to pay yourself first. Once your paycheck hits your account, wisdom has it that you should move some amount to savings even before you pay the bills.”

― John Rampton

“I’d love to spend more time on the Isle of Man. I love the anonymity of putting on a boiler suit and going down to buy parts for the compressor. And Norman Wisdom’s a neighbour; I salute him occasionally.”

― John Rhys-Davies

“No man is the wiser for his learning; it may administer matter to work in, or objects to work upon; but wit and wisdom are born with a man.”

― John Selden

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”

― John Steinbeck

“No one wants advice – only corroboration.”

― John Steinbeck

“Because of my upbringing, I believe in things like limited government, fiscal responsibility and personal accountability. I believe in the wisdom of our founders and the sanctity of our Constitution.”

― John Thune

“Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.”

― 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 an education.”

― John Updike

“I know more about what it’s like to be elderly and infirm and kind of stupid, the way you get forgetful, but on the other hand I’m a littler, wiser, dare we say? The word ‘wisdom’ has kind of faded out of our vocabulary, but yeah, I’m a little wiser.”

― John Updike

“For the subtlest folly proceeds from the subtlest wisdom.”

― John Webster

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

― John Wooden

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

― John Wooden

“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”

― John Wooden

“It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”

― John Wooden

“I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom, and to commit my cause to God, not fearing to offend men, who take offence at the simplicity of truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments of others.”

― John Woolman

“It is plain to me that our prelates, in granting indulgences, do commonly blaspheme the wisdom of God.”

― John Wycliffe

“As a youngster, I used to try to pick up any bits of wisdom about the guitar I could. It’s 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

“It’s now our responsibility to prove to ourselves, to other nations, and especially to our children and our grandchildren, that politics is full of fun; politics has some wisdom. Politics is freedom.”

― Joko Widodo

“Everyone has always underestimated a company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The New York boys thought they could take me on, that nobody out here has any knowledge or wisdom.”

― Jon Huntsman, Sr.

“Look at anyone’s bookcase at home, no matter how modest, and you’re going to find a book that contains wisdom or ideas or a language that’s at least a thousand years old. And the idea that humans have created a mechanism to time travel, to hurl ideas into the future, it sort of bookends. Books are a time machine.”

― Jonathan Nolan

“Focus on the mind and the soul. Read. Study. Enrol in a course of lectures. Pray. Become a member of a religious congregation. Study the Bible or other ancient works of wisdom.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“No single person can possess the wisdom to chart our course.”

― Jonathan Schell

“To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom.”

― Jose Bergamin

“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

“A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.”

― Joseph Addison

“This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven.”

― Joseph Barber Lightfoot

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”

― Joseph Campbell

“Never cut what you can untie.”

― Joseph Joubert

“Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired.”

― Joseph Roux

“The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.”

― Joseph Smith, Jr.

“Economists often like startling theorems, results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice.”

― Joseph Story

“Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread.”

― Josh Billings

“The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.”

― Josh Billings

“Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.”

― Josh Billings

“Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.”

― Josh Billings

“I covered my face because they had taken my wisdom teeth out.”

― Josh Brolin

“If everything is going well in my life then I start to read the papers more and I start to worry about everything I can’t deal with. They say wisdom is knowing what you can fix and what you can’t change. I’m very unwise.”

― Josh Hartnett

“Someday in the distant cyborg future, when our internal and external memories fully merge, we may come to possess infinite knowledge. But that’s not the same thing as wisdom.”

― Joshua Foer

“I consider wisdom supernatural because it isn’t taught by men – it’s a gift from God.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Money can be taken away from you, by the IRS or by pistol. That’s why I always measure riches in terms of wisdom. No one can ever take from you what you know.”

― Juan Gabriel

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

― Judy Garland

“My own life is wonderful, but if I had to live the life of someone else, I’d gladly choose that of Julia Child or Dr. Seuss: two outrageously original people, each of whom fashioned an idiosyncratic wisdom, passion for life, and sense of humor into an art form that anyone and everyone could savor.”

― Julia Glass

“I have no agenda except to be funny. Neither I or the writers profess to offer any worldly wisdom.”

― Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Theology in general seems to me a substitution of human ingenuity for divine wisdom.”

― Julia Ward Howe

“Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.”

― Julian Casablancas

“It’s received wisdom that the English are uniquely child-unfriendly.”

― Julie Burchill

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.”

― Juvenal

“Spend time reflecting on your emotional and physical existence and how that applies to the voice. You have to apply that wisdom and experience when you sing – it’s what comes through.”

― K. D. Lang

“My abiding faith in the wisdom of our electorate is what gives me hope.”

― Kapil Sibal

“The censors have always had a field day with James Joyce, specifically with ‘Ulysses,’ but also with his other writings. The conventional wisdom is that this is because of sexually explicit passages (and there certainly are those). I have always thought that what the critics hated and feared about Joyce is his cry for human freedom.”

― Karen DeCrow

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

― Karl Kraus

“Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“A mistake is simply another way of doing things.”

― Katharine Graham

“My mother is a great source of advice and wisdom and consolation for me.”

― Katherine Heigl

“Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better.”

― Kay Redfield Jamison

“There’s something peculiar about writing fiction. It requires an interesting balance between seeing the world as a child and having the wisdom of a middle-aged person. The further you get from childhood and the experience of the teenage years, the greater the danger of losing that wellspring.”

― Kazuo Ishiguro

“Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth.”

― Keith Miller

“Real history is far more complex and interesting than the simplistic summaries presented in Wikipedia articles. Knowing this allows you to question received wisdom, to challenge ‘facts’ ‘everybody’ knows to be true, and to imagine worlds and characters worthy of our rich historical heritage and our complex selves.”

― Ken Liu

“In particular, for younger researchers on whom the future of mankind may depend. We believe that they are working with all the scientific wisdom at their disposal for the preservation of the inheritance of the earth and for the lasting survival of mankind.”

― Kenichi Fukui

“What evolution tells us is that we are part of a grand, dynamic, and ever-changing fabric of life that covers our planet. Even to a person of faith, in fact especially to a person of faith, an understanding of the evolutionary process should only deepen their appreciation of the scope and wisdom of the creator’s work.”

― Kenneth R. Miller

“There is a trade off – as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity.”

― Kenny Rogers

“Received wisdom is that if you spend time up front getting the design right, you avoid costs later. But the longer you spend getting the design right, the more your upfront costs are, and the longer it takes for the software to start earning.”

― Kent Beck

“If elected Speaker, I promise you that we will have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people. But we will also have the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together.”

― Kevin McCarthy

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”

― Khalil Gibran

“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.”

― Khalil Gibran

“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.”

― Khalil Gibran

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”

― Khalil Gibran

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

― Khalil Gibran

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

― Khalil Gibran

“True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people.”

― Kiana Tom

“I look at being older and gaining wisdom. I’ve learned to stay fit and healthy. I accept my body, my life, and my circumstances.”

― Kim Alexis

“Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.”

― King Solomon

“I feel like I’ve matured more musically than I have personally. But I totally embrace what becoming older has to offer. I find the wisdom that comes with each passing year is a trip.”

― Kirk Hammett

“I am not too much into political awareness, but I had known a lot about Indira Gandhi’s strong persona. Obviously, she had a powerful personality and a lot of clarity and wisdom to rule India for so long.”

― Kirti Kulhari

“Of all the many leaders I have met in the course of my life, none made a deeper impression on me than Nelson Mandela. His courage, compassion, humility and wisdom were without parallel on the world stage, and he himself was an enduring source of inspiration.”

― Klaus Schwab

“However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here before so distinguished an assembly, especially as I am to be followed by a representative of science.”

― Knut Hamsun

“Never give up, which is the lesson I learned from boxing. As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn’t cancel out the other; they just exist as contradictions. The wisdom of it comes as you get older.”

― Kris Kristofferson

“Intelligence alone does not get us where we need to go or even necessarily where we want to go. For that, the human creature must exercise harder-won capacities of wisdom, and wise action.”

― Krista Tippett

“I have seen life from the top down and the bottom up. I know how it looks both ways. And I know there is wisdom and that there is hope.”

― L. Ron Hubbard

“The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true.”

― Lactantius

“Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.”

― Lactantius

“I know conventional wisdom has always been to go to Europe, and I did that early on, and I tried it, but I realised pretty quickly if I wasn’t playing, nothing else mattered – I wasn’t going to be happy.”

― Landon Donovan

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

― Lao Tzu

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

― Lao Tzu

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”

― Lao Tzu

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.”

― Lao Tzu

“I love Winston Churchill. I love the wisdom he had, the sagacity. I like people who are independent-minded. People who aren’t part of clans or systems, who are talented and free, and able to do things without being corrupted by the system.”

― Lapo Elkann

“Follow the wisdom of the great actor, James Cagney, you hit your mark, you look the other guy in the eye, and you tell the truth.”

― Larry Merchant

“I feel increasingly like age is very irrelevant. Quite often, cynicism is confused with wisdom, and my scorn is confused with a knowing, which I don’t have.”

― Laura Marling

“Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.”

― Laurence Sterne

“Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.”

― Laurence Sterne

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, and the wisdom of cookbook writers.”

― Laurie Colwin

“The world is a diverse place. Nobody has a monopoly on virtue or wisdom.”

― Lee Hsien Loong

“Trouble shared is trouble halved.”

― Lee Iacocca

“If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.”

― Leo Buscaglia

“If the highest things are unknowable, then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom.”

― Leo Strauss

“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”

― Leonard Nimoy

“It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

― Lewis Carroll

“India and China have not shied away from addressing boundary questions, have wisdom to find a fair and mutually acceptable solution… We have been able to put all issues on the table.”

― Li Keqiang

“I love the music of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu and more recently the music of Laura Marling. All these women share a strength and a wisdom in their voices and music that really makes me want to make music and sing.”

― Lianne La Havas

“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

“A musical, like most religions, provides the audience or followers with a sense of belonging. Religious services, on the other hand, with their staged performances, invigorating songs, popular wisdom and shared experience, are almost a form of community theater.”

― Lisa Randall

“Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we’ve learned and create something.”

― Liz Carpenter

“Today, education does not give you the wisdom and the understanding; it only indoctrinates you to believe something. So the mind knows very less but accepts so many things; it may be science, it may be technology, it may be anything.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.”

― Logan Pearsall Smith

“Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.”

― Lord Byron

“If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.”

― Lord Byron

“Though sages may pour out their wisdom’s treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.”

― Lord Byron

“A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.”

― Lord John Russell

“If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.”

― Lord Salisbury

“A charming woman… doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.”

― Loretta Young

“What I want to do with my filmmaking is help kids experience the truth and wisdom of nature no matter where they are, whether or not they have the opportunity to go to a national park.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“We developed a technology called artificial swarm intelligence, which is all about tapping the inherent knowledge, wisdom, intuition of groups.”

― Louis B. Rosenberg

“Nature creates natural swarms. UNU uses networking technology and algorithms to take advantage of the knowledge, wisdom, and insights of a large group of people by allowing them to think as one.”

― Louis B. Rosenberg

“In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the Totality of Possibilities.”

― Louise L. Hay

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”

― Lucille Ball

“In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.”

― Lucille Ball

“Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“No man was ever wise by chance.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.”

― Lucretius

“Where can we find greater structural clarity than in the wooden buildings of old? Where else can we find such unity of material, construction and form? here, the wisdom of whole generations is stored.”

― Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”

― Ludwig van Beethoven

“It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ‘Wisdom.’ And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’”

― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.”

― M. Scott Peck

“You need to have extraordinary wisdom to be the forerunner.”

― Ma Huateng

“I’m not going to allow my trials to defeat me, I’m going to let them build me up and learn from them and take as much wisdom as I can from each trial.”

― Maddie Marlow

“Common wisdom dictates that the vice president should provide balance to the ticket by representing a different part of the country, another set of experiences, or a basketful of electoral votes.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension… Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“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

“The price of wisdom is innocence. So, I have definitely become wiser but sadly a little less innocent.”

― Mahira Khan

“If men possessed wisdom, which stands in the same relation to the form of man as the sight to the eye, they would not cause any injury to themselves or to others; for the knowledge of truth removes hatred and quarrels, and prevents mutual injuries.”

― Maimonides

“All the great evils which men cause to each other because of certain intentions, desires, opinions, or religious principles, are likewise due to non-existence, because they originate in ignorance, which is absence of wisdom.”

― Maimonides

“Around ’93, ’94, the conventional wisdom about the Internet was that it was a toy for academics and researchers. So it was very, very underestimated for about two years.”

― Marc Andreessen

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”

― Marcel Proust

“What I lack in energy, I have in wisdom.”

― Marcia Cross

“We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel.”

― Marcia Fudge

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I’m not a mom, but I think the word ‘mother’ is about wisdom.”

― Margaret Cho

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

― Margaret Fuller

“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

― Margaret Thatcher

“To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”

― Margaret Thatcher

“I’m not a money manager, but I can tell you what the conventional wisdom is. The younger you are, the more risk you can take on.”

― Maria Bartiromo

“I’m not one for conventional wisdom. I founded my label in 1998, but after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, my Japanese backers pulled out, and I couldn’t afford to produce the line myself. I needed fresh ideas from someone who understood technology, since that was the direction the business was going.”

― Maria Cornejo

“Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted. It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for, and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions. Because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.”

― Maria Montessori

“I feel blessed – I am a woman who has been able to work in the entertainment business for five decades. I don’t want to age, but I would never take back a year for the wisdom I’ve gained in that time.”

― Marie Osmond

“’Focusing’ is no conventional repackaging of self-help wisdom. It is at once a manual and a philosophy. It talks about the body’s wisdom, the steps of the focusing technique, how to discover the richness in others by learning to listen.”

― Marilyn Ferguson

“Radical common sense is the wisdom gleaned from the past that recognizes the perishable opportunities of the moment. It is the willingness to admit error and the refusal to be deterred by failure.”

― Marilyn Ferguson

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”

― Marilyn vos Savant

“Being involved in movies is my passion. What’s gotten me off the mat is the sense of the child in all of us. I feel like the same guy as I did back in the mail room, but with more wisdom, from the depths of experience to the heights.”

― Mark Canton

“Up until Trump announced his candidacy, the conventional wisdom was that you had to be a professional politician in order to run. You had to have a background that was politically scrubbed. In other words, smart people who didn’t live perfect lives could never run.”

― Mark Cuban

“Know what’s important and what isn’t. Have the wisdom to know the right thing to do, the integrity to do it, the character to stand up to those who don’t, and the courage to stop those who won’t.”

― Mark Goulston

“Not a single illegal immigrant should or need enter the United States, not one. Contrary to the common wisdom, the borders are easy to seal, and controlling entry is hardly totalitarian.”

― Mark Helprin

“I had a bunch of people who kinda looked out for me. You know, gave me the words of wisdom.”

― Mark Henry

“There is a particular set of values commonly associated with being professional. Experience, expertise, trustworthiness, wisdom, and good judgement are all attributes aspired to by senior professional people, be they doctors, engineers, lawyers, civil servants, or the clergy.”

― Mark Walport

“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”

― Marlo Thomas

“Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?”

― Martin Farquhar Tupper

“As with many other folk beliefs, ‘feng-shui’ undoubtedly incorporates some scientifically correct observation or received wisdom based on direct experience of natural phenomena; but it needs to be dealt with skeptically as a credible system of thought. Some feng-shui prescriptions can certainly lead to desirable results.”

― Martin Filler

“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.”

― Martin H. Fischer

“Our ascendancy of the past two centuries – first Europe and then the U.S. – has bred a western-centric mentality: the West is the fount of all wisdom. We think of ourselves as open-minded, but our sense of superiority has closed our minds. We never entertained the idea that China could surpass the U.S.”

― Martin Jacques

“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“By definition, the Singularity means that machines would be smarter than us, and, in their wisdom, they can innovate new technologies. The innovations would come so quickly, and increasingly quickly, that the innovation would make Moore’s Law seem as antiquated as Hammurabi’s Code.”

― Marvin Ammori

“The Relation we bear to the Wisdom of the Father, the Son of His Love, gives us indeed a dignity which otherwise we have no pretence to. It makes us something, something considerable even in God’s Eyes.”

― Mary Astell

“Although it has been said by men of more wit than wisdom, and perhaps more malice than either, that women are naturally incapable of acting prudently, or that they are necessarily determined to folly, I must by no means grant it.”

― Mary Astell

“Unhappy is that Grandeur which makes us too great to be good; and that Wit which sets us at a distance from true Wisdom.”

― Mary Astell

“Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.”

― Mary Browne

“As far as feeling freedom in my career now versus five years ago… I think if I feel any more free it’s simply because of the experiences that I’ve had, and the wisdom I’ve accumulated from that time.”

― Mary Chapin Carpenter

“I always want to be a messenger, a person that, you know, that’s not afraid to pass on wisdom.”

― Mary J. Blige

“Every silver lining has a cloud.”

― Mary Kay Ash

“Central banks don’t have divine wisdom. They try to do the best analysis they can and must be prepared to stand or fall by the quality of that analysis.”

― Mary Kay Ash

“I used to think I was going to die wise, and now, the one wisdom I have is I know very little.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.”

― Mary Wilson Little

“I went out of my way to play games I didn’t like or find interesting. Those ended up being a lot more informative for me. At home, I have literally thousands of games, and I think of them as pearls of wisdom from my predecessors.”

― Masahiro Sakurai

“People usually compare the computer to the head of the human being. I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom. And data is the knowledge.”

― Masayoshi Son

“I believe the continually advancing Information Revolution will lend us the wisdom and strength to address humanity’s previously unsolvable problems and help us make a positive impact on all of society.”

― Masayoshi Son

“Robots have already surpassed human beings in calculation and memory, but I have no doubt that the time will come when they will surpass in wisdom as well.”

― Masayoshi Son

“Wisdom and knowledge are the most valuable things in the body.”

― Masayoshi Son

“If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements.”

― Mason Cooley

“At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly.”

― Mason Cooley

“The wisdom of age: don’t stop walking.”

― Mason Cooley

“I love Tom Waits because he’s an artist who makes me not afraid to get old, and that’s rare. I think it’s a rare kind of thing to have that level of wisdom. And his lyrics are just astounding; everything in life is inside his lyrics.”

― Matt Bellamy

“I think we perhaps are, with sleep, where we were with smoking about 50 years ago, in that we had all of the science, and it was right there for the public discussion, but it’s not yet adequately sort of percolated out into policy or even just public wisdom.”

― Matthew Walker

“It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”

― Max de Pree

“It’s funny – until ‘Catfish,’ none of my films were angled at young people except for the fact that they were angled at me and my contemporaries. And that’s who I’m constantly making things for. I’m not imagining a younger audience I’m trying to impart wisdom to; I don’t want to seem pretentious enough to think I can impart wisdom.”

― Max Joseph

“I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don’t just want to possess it, it will find you.”

― Maya Angelou

“I think it’s true we look forward to enormous amounts of information, but I think we would be better off if we thought about the kinds of wisdom and thoughtfulness that we need in order to handle the amount of information ahead.”

― Maya Soetoro-Ng

“When you’re used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more.”

― Mayim Bialik

“What I want is to have people’s notion of adulthood no longer be so defined by being a parent. There is some kind of conventional wisdom that you’re not really a mature person until you become a parent.”

― Meghan Daum

“I believe that ‘passion’ is another word for energy. That’s it. What energizes you? And that – we naturally have a tremendous amount of body wisdom about that, and that every one of us has a internal fuel tank that is either empty or full. And if you’re empty, you feel depleted. If you’re full, you feel energized.”

― Mel Robbins

“I’m exploring the maturity, the wisdom that just comes from having gone around the sun 50 times. My experience is, ‘Oh, I’m never really going to get it right. I’m never going to get it done. But that’s not the point here.’ The point is the journey.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.”

― Menander

“The online musical universe has become Balkanized, with many sites focusing on minute niches. That works well for reaching very specific demographics, which is wonderful for advertising, but it flies in the face of the common wisdom that people’s tastes have become more diverse as music of any description has become a mouse-click away.”

― Michael Azerrad

“For all my education, accomplishments, and so called ‘wisdom’… I can’t fathom my own heart.”

― Michael Caine

“Now it is time to turn to an older wisdom that, while respecting material comfort and security as a basic right of all, also recognises that many of the most valuable things in life cannot be measured.”

― Michael D. Higgins

“Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed levees and exploded the conventional wisdom about a shared American prosperity, exposing a group of people so poor they didn’t have $50 for a bus ticket out of town. If we want to learn something from this disaster, the lesson ought to be: America’s poor deserve better than this.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“Global security can be formed or threatened by heads of state whose wisdom, folly and obsessions shape global events. But often it is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril.”

― Michael Hayden

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

― Michael Jordan

“A good memory is surely a compost heap that converts experience to wisdom, creativity, or dottiness; not that these things are of much earthly value, but at least they may keep you amused when the world is keeping you locked away or shutting you out.”

― Michael Leunig

“Wisdom may best arise from a humbling reality.”

― Michael Leunig

“We know there is a deep reservoir of food wisdom out there, or else humans would not have survived to the extent we have. Much of this food wisdom is worth preserving and reviving and heeding.”

― Michael Pollan

“When I was at drama school, I wanted to change the world, and thought I had some great wisdom to impart to people about humanity. Now that I’m older, I know enough to realise that I know nothing at all.”

― Michael Sheen

“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“We can be knowledgable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.”

― Michel de Montaigne

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

― Michelangelo

“We simply can no longer afford to deny the full potential of one half of the population. The world needs to tap into the talent and wisdom of women. Whether the issue is food security, economic recovery, health, or peace and security, the participation of women is needed now more than ever.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“Women’s strength, women’s industry, women’s wisdom are humankind’s greatest untapped resource. The challenge then for U.N. Women is to show our diverse constituencies how this resource can be effectively tapped in ways that benefit us all.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“And I love that even in the toughest moments, when we’re all sweating it – when we’re worried that the bill won’t pass, and it seems like all is lost – Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise. Just like his grandmother, he just keeps getting up and moving forward… with patience and wisdom, and courage and grace.”

― Michelle Obama

“I do have little trinkets. I’m a little bit of a hippie, so I have my wisdom rock – it goes with me; it’s always in my purse, wherever I go. That’s just me, being a hippie.”

― Mickie James

“A closed mouth catches no flies.”

― Miguel de Cervantes

“Once I turned 35, I got the bonus of some wisdom and began to accept life on its own terms.”

― Mike Myers

“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 Gorbachev

“The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.”

― Milan Kundera

“The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead.”

― Milan Kundera

“To know one’s self is wisdom, but not to know one’s neighbors is genius.”

― Minna Antrim

“I want to dip my foot in some acting. And most definitely want to mentor upcoming artists and give them the wisdom that was given to me.”

― Missy Elliott

“Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government. But from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man. Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution.”

― Mitt Romney

“Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them.”

― Mo Udall

“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.”

― Moliere

“Just the simple act of sharing wisdom is something that many parents have left to society to do; however, that is not what God teaches in His word.”

― Monica Johnson

“God knows and sees all. His wisdom and knowledge far outweighs mankind, and whether or not people ever recognize it – He is the creator. He is the giver of life, and only He has the power to take it away. That’s why its imperative to submit to Him.”

― Monica Johnson

“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”

― Morihei Ueshiba

“When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way.”

― Morihei Ueshiba

“The wisdom of God is so great that He also knows exactly what I would think and do under every possible circumstance and situation, and he placed me in that state of life and situation best suited for my salvation.”

― Mother Angelica

“Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom.”

― Myrtle Reed

“If we can return to a government that the Founders, in their wisdom, envisioned for us, we can return to a government that will allow our economy to thrive again, and our people to live in liberty.”

― Nan Hayworth

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“With age comes common sense and wisdom.”

― Nas

“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 it be obeyed.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Justice Scalia was a lion of the law. Agree or disagree with him, all of his colleagues on the bench shared his wisdom and his humor. And like them, I miss him.”

― Neil Gorsuch

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

― Nelson Mandela

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

― Nelson Mandela

“Whatever position I occupied, it was the result of colleagues – of my comrades in the movement – who had decided in their wisdom to use me for the purpose of focusing the attention of the country and the international community on me.”

― Nelson Mandela

“During the Arab Spring, I learned all sorts of things from Twitter. I wouldn’t necessarily trust that information, but it gave me ideas about questions to ask. You can really learn things from the wisdom of crowds.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake.”

― Nick Clooney

“I think with experience and age, you gain knowledge and wisdom.”

― Nick Foles

“If an idea is indeed sensible, it will eventually become just part of the accepted wisdom.”

― Nigel Farage

“Let me warn you, if you start chasing after views, you’ll be left without bread and without views.”

― Nikolai Gogol

“It’s become glib political conventional wisdom in Washington that a massive spending plan will provide a parachute rescue for a cliff-diving economy – landing it safely and with strong enough legs to move toward a healthy future.”

― Nina Easton

“It’s really important, whether you’re a conservative or a liberal, to always challenge the conventional wisdom, which is what I’ve tried to do in all my work.”

― Nina Easton

“I actually think with age comes some level of wisdom.”

― Nina Totenberg

“It is reasonable to think that the more readers put into the Bible app in the form of small investments, the more it becomes a repository of their history of worship. Like a worn dog-eared book, full of scribbled insights and wisdom, the app becomes a treasured asset not easily discarded.”

― Nir Eyal

“The problem lies with us: we’ve become addicted to experts. We’ve become addicted to their certainty, their assuredness, their definitiveness, and in the process, we have ceded our responsibility, substituting our intellect and our intelligence for their supposed words of wisdom.”

― Noreena Hertz

“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.”

― Norman Cousins

“The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship.”

― Norman Douglas

“What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?”

― Norman Douglas

“The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying.”

― Norman Douglas

“What is important to me is that when I write something, people listen to me. I provide my wisdom to people, whether they agree or not.”

― Nouriel Roubini

“Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.”

― Octavio Paz

“Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. A constant coming and going: wisdom lies in the momentary.”

― Octavio Paz

“Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.”

― Og Mandino

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

― Omar N. Bradley

“If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”

― Omar N. Bradley

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“But the Wisdom of God, which is His only-begotten Son, being in all respects incapable of change or alteration, and every good quality in Him being essential, and such as cannot be changed and converted, His glory is therefore declared to be pure and sincere.”

― Origen

“It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the harvest.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“What has history said of eminence without honor, wealth without wisdom, power and possessions without principle? The answer is reiterated in the overthrow of the mightiest empires of ancient times. Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome! The four successive, universal powers of the past. What and where are they?”

― Orson F. Whitney

“If God had sufficient wisdom and power to construct such a beautiful world as this, then we must admit that his wisdom and power are immeasurably greater than that of man, and hence he is qualified to reign as king.”

― Orson Pratt

“First appearance deceives many.”

― Ovid

“Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass.”

― Owen Feltham

“All wisdom does not reside in Delhi.”

― P. Chidambaram

“I’m a member of the 1960s generation. We didn’t have any wisdom.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

― Pablo Picasso

“The overarching conventional wisdom – what everyone from government experts to my French girlfriends take as articles of faith – is that restrictive diets generally don’t make you healthier or slimmer. Instead, it’s best to eat a variety of high-quality foods in moderation and pay attention to whether you’re hungry.”

― Pamela Druckerman

“If your writing collides with the conventional wisdom, there’s going to be some kind of friction.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“Democracy, loudly upheld as a cure for much of the ailing world, has proved no guarantor of political wisdom, even if it remains the least bad form of government.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“I’m particularly interested in black swan events: unprecedented surprises that destroy the conventional wisdom about how the world works.”

― Paolo Bacigalupi

“America’s freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, offers every wisdom tradition an opportunity to address our soul-deep needs: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular humanism, agnosticism and atheism among others.”

― Parker Palmer

“I do interviews because it’s a chance to be myself. I sometimes wonder what I could have to say that would be of any interest. I don’t have any great wisdom.”

― Parker Stevenson

“The wisdom of God’s Word is quite clear on believers being unequally yoked. And marrying someone who is not a Christian – who is not a daily disciple of Christ – is being unequally yoked, regardless of what their beliefs might be.”

― Pat Robertson

“They see me as being this Super Mom on TV who also can more than handle a difficult husband, and they assume I’m going to be just full of wisdom as a mother and wife myself.”

― Patricia Richardson

“Contrary to popular wisdom, the mark of a great meeting is not how short it is or whether it ends on time. The key is whether it ends with clarity and commitment from participants.”

― Patrick Lencioni

“Consensus wisdom has it that all modern commercial fantasy novels fall into two camps: those derived from J.R.R. Tolkien and those derived from Mervyn Peake. The ‘Lord of the Rings’ template or the ‘Gormenghast’ mold.”

― Paul Di Filippo

“Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.”

― Paul Engle

“Remembering is painful, it’s difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom.”

― Paul Greengrass

“Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age.”

― Paul Klee

“This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job, the best example of wisdom.”

― Paul Ricoeur

“Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.”

― Paul Ricoeur

“Conventional wisdom on government’s role in inequality often has it backwards. Tax reforms have resulted in a more progressive federal income tax; government transfer payments have become less progressive.”

― Paul Ryan

“The way a woman carries herself and the way she dresses ought to promote the following types of words: modesty, discretion, wisdom, beauty, elegance and refinement, but not sensuality, luxury, extravagance.”

― Paul Washer

“A judge’s role is to ensure that the legislature remains within the limits of its assigned authority under the Constitution. Judges have no authority to second-guess the wisdom of the value judgments and policy choices the legislature has made.”

― Paul Watford

“The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.”

― Pauline Phillips

“For me, good films and good books are irreducible to a lesson. You can’t just kind of translate them into one statement. On the contrary, the more you do that, the less wisdom in art there is.”

― Pawel Pawlikowski

“The soul’s joy lies in doing.”

― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“I am profoundly indebted to the legacy of Wilhelm Reich, whose monumental contribution to the understanding of energy was taught to me by Philip Curcurruto, a man of simple wisdom and compassionate heart.”

― Peter A. Levine

“The key to wisdom is this – constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.”

― Peter Abelard

“Good economic policy requires not so much the bravado to implement drastic change as the strength and wisdom to make reasonable trade-offs over the many years it takes to transform a country’s standard of living.”

― Peter Blair Henry

“At 17 years old, STG took me under its wing and shared its resources and wisdom with me, even allowing me to take part in a show at the Edinburgh Festival. Without STG and the Ramshorn Theatre, I would not have found access to the world of drama that I later made my profession.”

― Peter Capaldi

“Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death.”

― Peter Conrad

“Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

― Peter Guber

“I continue to believe, contrary to the given wisdom, that it’s more interesting to have an album – or, indeed, an individual song – which has variety rather than homogeneity.”

― Peter Hammill

“When I rather guiltily read the books on which the TV series ‘Game Of Thrones’ is based, I was struck by one thing. The whole point of this saga is that ruthlessness pays, that evil generally wins, that justice is non-existent, and utter cynicism the only wisdom. It is the Middle Ages without the saving grace of Christianity.”

― Peter Hitchens

“What we need and have not got at Westminster are real experience and wisdom, possessed by people who do not view politics as a career.”

― Peter Hitchens

“I’ve always shied away from conventional wisdom, though I know the power of it.”

― Peter Jennings

“I quite like the idea – just as an abstract idea – of 12 people’s collective life experience and wisdom being this formidable thing. People say juries can be led – I think 12 people from different backgrounds, different races, different genders, different ages, it’s hard to hoodwink.”

― Peter Morgan

“There’s no way in hell I could have achieved what I have without being a good student and listening to the wisdom of others who have been doing this a lot longer than I have.”

― Phil Heath

“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.”

― Phil Jackson

“Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.”

― Phil Jackson

“Kindness is wisdom.”

― Philip James Bailey

“I haven’t any wisdom – just a child like everybody else. I’m not as great as Frank Lloyd Wright.”

― Philip Johnson

“In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool.”

― Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

“It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.”

― Phillips Brooks

“Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.”

― Phyllis Theroux

“You can only make sense of the online world by going offline and by getting the wisdom and emotional clarity to know how to make the best use of the Internet.”

― Pico Iyer

“Alas, those six unfortunate souls who have made their way through my books know that every one of them is about Emerson and Thoreau and their dark counters, Melville and Emily Dickinson. Try as I might, I can’t get their inspirations, their challenges and sentences and wisdom and questions out of my head.”

― Pico Iyer

“The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practiced, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good.”

― Pierre Charron

“To win without risk is to triumph without glory.”

― Pierre Corneille

“I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.”

― Pietro Aretino

“Even wisdom has to yield to self-interest.”

― Pindar

“Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.”

― Plato

“The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.”

― Plato

“Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.”

― Plato

“Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom.”

― Plato

“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

― Plato

“Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability.”

― Plautus

“Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.”

― Plautus

“A mouse does not rely on just one hole.”

― Plautus

“Let deeds match words.”

― Plautus

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

― Plutarch

“To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.”

― Plutarch

“Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm.”

― Pope Paul VI

“We don’t pray for the land. We pray for the humans, all humans… starting with the president, Mohammed Morsi, and all officials, and for God to give everyone wisdom and responsibility to manage the affairs of this country and its people in true Egyptian spirit.”

― Pope Theodoros II

“India is known for its sobriety and wisdom, balanced and sensible thinking. We need strong institutions and we need good governance in the country.”

― Pratibha Patil

“From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.”

― Publilius Syrus

“If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.”

― Publilius Syrus

“The so-called oligarchs have always had less influence than conventional wisdom attributed to them.”

― Pyotr Aven

“When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.”

― Quintilian

“He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise.”

― Quintus Ennius

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

“Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

“Whether they ‘lean into’ career, family, or both, let’s not underestimate the wisdom of women to define happiness and success for themselves.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“I have no wisdom to share on dating.”

― Rachel Dratch

“I like to tell people that I have some of the biggest mentors in the world… they just don’t know I exist. Dave Ramsey, Sara Blakely, Oprah, Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard – I’ve learned everything I know from their wisdom through books, podcasts and conferences.”

― Rachel Hollis

“When spirituality is the basis of your life, it gives you the strength, wisdom and courage to surmount the many storms of life that could destroy a weaker person who doesn’t have this foundation.”

― Radhanath Swami

“We can’t really digest food unless there’s hunger. So we can’t really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it.”

― Radhanath Swami

“It doesn’t matter how much wisdom you have. If you don’t have position, you have nothing. That’s the tragedy of India.”

― Rahul Gandhi

“Starting with a meagre amount of Rs 300 as a conductor, when I became an actor and started seeing huge moneys like Rs 3 or 4 lakhs, I thought I was ‘an exclusive creation’ by God, and he had made me like this. Later, I got the wisdom and realised that my time was good and things worked out! And I was also a normal human being like others.”

― Rajinikanth

“Now all the knowledge and wisdom that is in creatures, whether angels or men, is nothing else but a participation of that one eternal, immutable and increased wisdom of God.”

― Ralph Cudworth

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are wiser than we know.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.”

― Ram Dass

“If you want to go east, don’t go west.”

― Ramakrishna

“While many of us never knew Ronald Reagan personally, we felt close to him because we shared his lighthearted sense of humor, admired his uncommon virtue, and were moved by his remarkable wisdom.”

― Randy Forbes

“I have wisdom of a 60-year-old. Also it takes a lot for me to respect a person, so when a person has a body of work behind him, it draws my respect.”

― Rani Mukerji

“Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.”

― Ravi Zacharias

“You can only learn so much from books. You can only learn so much from education. Ultimately, it is the wisdom of God that will carry you through in the toughest situations of life.”

― Ravi Zacharias

“This society in which we live is radically changing. What previous generations saw as evil is now embraced as being good. It is a dangerous and slippery slope upon which we stand when we reject what Solomon called the beginning of wisdom – the fear of God.”

― Ray Comfort

“I think we are evolving rapidly into one world culture. It’s certainly one world economy. With billions of people online, I think we’ll appreciate the wisdom in many different traditions as we learn more about them. People were very isolated and didn’t know anything about other religions 100 years ago.”

― Ray Kurzweil

“Even by common wisdom, there seem to be both people and objects in my dream that are outside myself, but clearly they were created in myself and are part of me, they are mental constructs in my own brain.”

― Ray Kurzweil

“I probably wouldn’t be a songwriter if I didn’t grow up the way I did. It was difficult and it was at times very scary to grow up in a household so unsettled and at times very violent. But, it also, I guess it earned me a sort of wisdom at a young age that’s served me well.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“My mom calls me an older soul because, growing up, she taught me stuff real early. Now I spend most of my time chasing wisdom, chasing understanding.”

― Ray Lewis

“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

“The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.”

― 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

“Every day, every birthday candle I blow out, every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well, every time my daughter says, ‘Let’s make a wish on a star,’ there’s one thing I wish for: wisdom.”

― Rene Russo

“I understand that there’s a certain energy in youth, no question, in terms of pursuing jobs. But there is wisdom in age. It’s too bad that the two can’t come together because I do think that people are dropped from what they’re really good at too soon.”

― Rene Russo

“Europeans ridicule Muslim culture because they don’t understand the wisdom behind it. Take swine flu for instance: all the sudden you’ve got Europeans scared of pigs – we’ve been saying that for years!”

― Riaad Moosa

“Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.”

― Riccardo Muti

“A grateful world, nation and cadre of surgeons general who followed in his shadow are forever indebted to Surgeon General Koop’s wisdom, fortitude, integrity and selfless service.”

― Richard Carmona

“Wisdom prepares for the worst, but folly leaves the worst for the day when it comes.”

― Richard Cecil

“It’s a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn’t think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself.”

― Richard Dawkins

“Isn’t it funny that God takes you and puts you through the unendurable, and then, at the moment you have just begun to understand it and have some wisdom, it ends?”

― Richard Dreyfuss

“The model a lot of companies use is a very pyramidal model which sort of designates that all creativity, all wisdom flows from the top. We think that’s the absolute wrong model.”

― Richard Hayne

“A wholesome oblivion of one’s neighbours is the beginning of wisdom.”

― Richard Le Gallienne

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”

― Richard M. Nixon

“It is in the interest of Americans to find out what those wanting to be president think about a wide range of challenges and what they might do about them. We should want to get their take on the wisdom of past decisions, what they agree and disagree with, and why.”

― Richard N. Haass

“Unrestrained zeal to make the world better could make it worse. Promoting democracy must be undertaken with humility, care, and wisdom.”

― Richard N. Haass

“This land, which we have watered with our tears and our blood, is now our mother country, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and gospel is free.”

― Richard V. Allen

“It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.”

― Richard Whately

“History does not repeat itself. Nor does it unfold in cycles. The real future is contingent, rich beyond imagining, a perennial gobsmack, tragic and glorious in equal measure; the pundits’ future, spun of ‘conventional wisdom,’ is only a sucker punch to that common-sense fact.”

― Rick Perlstein

“Beauty, the eternal Spouse of the Wisdom of God and Angel of his Presence thru’ all creation.”

― Robert Bridges

“Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential. But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right, and leaves the consequences to God.”

― Robert Dale Owen

“Spending two years on my uncle’s ranch in Montana as a young man gave me the wisdom and the thrust to do westerns.”

― Robert Duvall

“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

“The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.”

― Robert E. Lee

“The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom… in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.”

― Robert Frost

“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”

― Robert Frost

“How do you rate works of genius? Partly by personal inclination, partly by accepted wisdom, partly by popularity.”

― Robert Gottlieb

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”

― Robert H. Schuller

“We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days.”

― Robert Hall

“I think we do need to try to not just rely on the central bank to, in its wisdom, adjust interest rates, but allow for people to avoid being exposed to inflation risk.”

― Robert J. Shiller

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”

― Robert Kennedy

“I am deeply impressed with the gravity and wisdom with which most federal judges approach the responsibility of sentencing. It is a difficult, soul-searching task at best.”

― Robert Kennedy

“The Gross National Product measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile, and it can tell us everything about America – except whether we are proud to be Americans.”

― Robert Kennedy

“My company survives because I’ve learned to respect the ideas of people younger than me and recognize when my wisdom is obsolete.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

― Robert Lloyd

“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

“For the men and women of the FBI, bravery is reflected not only in the physical courage often necessary in the job. It can be seen in the courage of conviction, in the courage to act with wisdom in the face of fear, and in the courage it takes to admit mistakes and move forward.”

― Robert Mueller

“Every speaker has a mouth; An arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it’s filled with wisdom. Sometimes it’s filled with feet.”

― Robert Orben

“When you get older, you learn certain life lessons. You apply that wisdom, and suddenly you say, ‘Hey, I’ve got a new lease on this thing. So let’s go.’”

― Robert Redford

“F. Lee Bailey had been an inspiration to me. It was my desire to have him behind the scenes, to rely on his great wisdom and his brainpower, but I did not feel he should be in the courtroom.”

― Robert Shapiro

“The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.”

― Robert South

“A promise made is a debt unpaid.”

― Robert W. Service

“I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.”

― Rod Taylor

“The long-standing wisdom that everyone wins in a single world market has been undermined. Global trade, capital flows, and immigration are declining.”

― Roger Altman

“It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience.”

― Roger Ascham

“If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.”

― Rollo May

“I didn’t get where I am today by worryin’ about how I’d feel tomorrow.”

― Ron White

“The current wisdom now is that if the three networks are covering the news the same way the difference is the anchor people. I think that won’t be true in the future.”

― Roone Arledge

“I don’t want to put a pause on the rest of my life; I’m really enjoying getting older and the wisdom that comes from that.”

― Rosemarie DeWitt

“And when the world is created, it is created in such a way that those eternal objects of God’s loving wisdom become actualities – interacting with one another, relating to God in the finite realm.”

― Rowan Williams

“Wisdom is a gift but has nothing to do with age. That was probably the case with me.”

― Ruby Bridges

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

― Rumi

“Enraging liberals is simply one of the more enjoyable side effects of my wisdom.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“I reject most conventional wisdom.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“Surely wisdom will come as we listen to learn from children, parents, partners, neighbors, Church leaders, and the Lord.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“For me, the perfect romantic suspense hero has got to be tough on the outside but tender at his core. A take-charge kind of guy who has his own inner strength and a strong sense of right and wrong – which might not dovetail with the conventional wisdom. I mean, he might bend the law if he thinks the ends justify the means.”

― Ruth Glick

“Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature. art and religion.”

― Ruth St. Denis

“Wisdom is important in every man’s life.”

― Rza

“With age comes wisdom.”

― S. Sreesanth

“Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.”

― Saadi

“Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.”

― Sacha Guitry

“I try to be very smart and use wisdom about everything.”

― Sage Northcutt

“The divine wisdom which requires a division of labor has sown different abilities and tendencies in human nature and has enabled human beings to carry out the duty of establishing sciences and developing technology. The fulfillment of this duty is obligatory upon humanity as a whole, though not on every individual.”

― Said Nursi

“The All-Wise Maker attaches hundreds of instances of wisdom to each of the beings in the palace of the universe and equips them to perform hundreds of duties. To all trees He bestows instances of wisdom to the number of its fruits and gives duties to the number of its flowers.”

― Said Nursi

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

― Saint Augustine

“Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.”

― Saint Augustine

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”

― Saint Basil

“Now, if you notice how the swan, putting its neck down into the deep water, brings up food for itself from below, then you will discover the wisdom of the Creator, in that He gave it a neck longer than its feet for this reason, that it might, as if lowering a sort of fishing line, procure the food hidden in the deep water.”

― Saint Basil

“Christian, learn from Christ how you ought to love Christ. Learn a love that is tender, wise, strong; love with tenderness, not passion, wisdom, not foolishness, and strength, lest you become weary and turn away from the love of the Lord.”

― Saint Bernard

“All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.”

― Saint Teresa of Avila

“I always told, Sandra Bullock was my student when she was younger, I always told her it’s important that we hold on to our insecurity, the wisdom of insecurity.”

― Sally Kirkland

“One could surely argue that the Buddhist tradition, taken as a whole, represents the richest source of contemplative wisdom that any civilization has produced.”

― Sam Harris

“Nothing can be better calculated to advance our interests and character than the establishment of a liberal and disinterested policy, enlightened by patriotism and guided by wisdom.”

― Sam Houston

“The perceived wisdom is that people do not go in large numbers to black-and-white movies anymore – which is a great shame, but I’d love to make a black-and-white movie one day.”

― Sam Mendes

“Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom.”

― Sam Walton

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”

― Sammy Davis, Jr.

“Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.”

― Samuel Johnson

“To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.”

― Samuel Johnson

“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

“Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.”

― 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

“The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.”

― Samuel Smiles

“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.”

― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“In the end, the real wisdom of menopause may be in questioning how fun or even sane this chore wheel called modern life actually is.”

― Sandra Tsing Loh

“Wisdom is not acquired save as the result of investigation.”

― Sara Teasdale

“When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange – my youth.”

― Sara Teasdale

“My first spoken word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine. The poem was very indignant, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that that’s what was expected of me.”

― Sarah Kay

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”

― Satchel Paige

“It is one thing to oppose a bill and say, ‘Well, I’m smarter than the other side and have more wisdom than they do,’ but it is another thing to oppose a law because it violates the very principles upon which this country was founded.”

― Scott Garrett

“Sometimes it might seem like I’m using my songs to give other people pointers. But mainly, they’re for me, just little notes to myself that I collected, and the wisdom that I’ve read. I give myself a lot of advice.”

― Seinabo Sey

“We all have within us a deep wisdom, but sometimes we don’t know we have it.”

― Shakti Gawain

“There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of us as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.”

― Shakti Gawain

“We live in a culture that doesn’t acknowledge or validate human intuition and doesn’t encourage us to rely on our intuitive wisdom.”

― Shakti Gawain

“When I wrote Living in the Light, I wanted to share about how I live my own life and to encourage people to tap into their own inner wisdom.”

― Shakti Gawain

“Protection, as we use the word in Buddhism, is actually wisdom, it’s insight. Protection is seeing and knowing deeply that all things in our experience arise due to causes, due to conditions coming together in a certain way.”

― Sharon Salzberg

“As we work to reweave the strands of connection, we can be supported by the wisdom and lovingkindness of others.”

― Sharon Salzberg

“The more I draw and write, the more I realise that accidents are a necessary part of any creative act, much more so than logic or wisdom. Sometimes a mistake is the only way of arriving at an original concept, and the history of successful inventions is full of mishaps, serendipity and unintended results.”

― Shaun Tan

“I have devoted my life to uncertainty. Certainty is the death of wisdom, thought, creativity.”

― Shekhar Kapur

“My own feelings of where I am in this world and the questions that I am asking myself, I started to explore them through the story ‘Four Feathers’ and through this actor called Heath Ledger. I knew that I had to find a 21-year-old who could play wisdom at the end. He’s only 21 or 22, and I tested him.”

― Shekhar Kapur

“When I go out to direct a film, every day we prepare too much, we think too much. Knowledge becomes a weight upon wisdom. You know, simple words lost in the quicksand of experience.”

― Shekhar Kapur

“For the Holy Ghost blesses us with optimism and wisdom at times of challenge that we simply cannot muster on our own.”

― Sheri L. Dew

“Through the years, I, like you, have experienced pressures and disappointments that would have crushed me had I not been able to draw upon a source of wisdom and strength far greater than my own. He has never forgotten or forsaken me, and I have come to know for myself that Jesus is the Christ and that this is His Church.”

― Sheri L. Dew

“The beauty of age is we grow, we learn. We have more wisdom. And as much as the youth-glorifying Hollywood would like us to believe, it’s nothing. They’re wrong.”

― Sherilyn Fenn

“The Ohio Legislature’s passed a law to allow concealed weapons in day care centers, but interesting: this same Legislature, in its wisdom, doesn’t allow concealed weapons in the statehouse.”

― Sherrod Brown

“Your art kind of changes as you get older, by nature of the fact that you’re hopefully gaining wisdom and you’re starting to watch things with a better overview.”

― Sheryl Crow

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.”

― Shinichi Suzuki

“After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem.”

― Shmuel Yosef Agnon

“Wisdom is a kind of knowledge. It is knowledge of the nature, career, and consequences of human values.”

― Sidney Hook

“If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks.”

― Sidney Lanier

“Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.”

― Sidney Lanier

“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.”

― Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”

― Sigmund Freud

“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

“In world mythology, there are countless examples of tragic characters whose greatest strength is also the source of their undoing. But the ancient Greeks and Romans also held the view that acceptance is the beginning of wisdom.”

― Simon Van Booy

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

― Socrates

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”

― Socrates

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

― Socrates

“Wisdom begins in wonder.”

― 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

“Be as you wish to seem.”

― Socrates

“Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27.”

― Solange Knowles

“The beginning of wisdom is to desire it.”

― Solomon Ibn Gabirol

“Rich people without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces.”

― Solon

“The best wisdom is earned through experience, particularly mistakes.”

― Sophia Amoruso

“Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.”

― Sophocles

“If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink.”

― Sophocles

“Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.”

― Sophocles

“Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.”

― Sophocles

“Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.”

― Sophocles

“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.”

― Sophocles

“A short saying often contains much wisdom.”

― Sophocles

“Once you label me you negate me.”

― Soren Kierkegaard

“This ceremony and the intellectual aura associated with the Nobel Prizes have grown from the wisdom of a practical chemist who wrote a remarkable will.”

― Stanford Moore

“What a company’s been earning doesn’t mean anything. What you have to look at is what people think it’s going to earn. If you can see something in two years is going to be entirely different than the conventional wisdom, that’s how you make money.”

― Stanley Druckenmiller

“I’ve always enjoyed doing challenging things and also challenging common wisdom.”

― Stefan Hell

“I listen to the older people who talk to me. I call them my old heads, people with a lot of wisdom. They’ll teach you a lot if you listen.”

― Stefon Diggs

“The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.”

― Stendhal

“Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the furthest 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. Cynics always say ‘no.’ But saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things grow.”

― Stephen Colbert

“The greater the step forward in knowledge, the greater is the one taken backward in search of wisdom.”

― Stephen Gardiner

“The American people voted for a president, Donald Trump, who’s very tough, very strong, very aggressive on terrorism, but at the same time smart. At the same time sophisticated. At the same time, heeding the wisdom of our founders who warned about entangling foreign engagement.”

― Stephen Miller

“We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.”

― Stephen Vincent Benet

“Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment.”

― Steve Albini

“At the end of the day, if you’re not spanking your child and instilling in them the ideas of selflessness, servitude, and wisdom, you’re probably looking at a future P. Diddy in the making (maybe even a Keith Olbermann – take your pick).”

― Steven Crowder

“I do think that the standard media is controlled by the conventional wisdom about global warming. We’ve come to believe – from reading a lot of articles and talking to a lot of scientists – that there’s another side to be heard.”

― Steven Levitt

“I don’t turn to greeting cards for wisdom and advice, but they are a fine reflection of the general drift of the culture.”

― Susan Orlean

“I would like to do my own daily talk show. Wisdom is the gift of ageing; no young person can have or buy it. My success was and is self-evident. I’m alive. I’ve lived. I’ve thrived and have grown as a person. I’m now healthier than ever. Who can argue with that?”

― Suzanne Somers

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”

― Swami Vivekananda

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”

― Sydney J. Harris

“But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion.”

― Sylvia Plath

“Except for the grace of God, I would be nobody – and that grace is the opposite of merit – human labour, education or human wisdom.”

― T. B. Joshua

“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?”

― T. S. Eliot

“Outside of hip-hop, it was in comics that I most often found the aesthetics and wisdom of my world reflected.”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I went through a phase in my 20s when I was overdosing on self-help books, so it was really refreshing to read ‘The Alchemist’ because it was a novel, but it still had the same wisdom, wasn’t patronising and didn’t tell you how you should live your life.”

― Tamzin Outhwaite

“Whether you’re an athlete or a student, having an adult who believes in you and can give you advice and wisdom that is coming from a place of experience is an incredible asset to help guide you through your young life.”

― Tara Lipinski

“When I speak of family, I immediately think of a support system who can give you a reality check when you need it: a mirror reflection of myself. I believe that we are a result of our family – the people who encourage us and tell us the truth about who we are which helps us to grow through their advice and wisdom.”

― Tasha Smith

“I’m at the transition place myself, still playing high school girls but moving to a stage when I’m playing older roles and going to the places of stillness and wisdom and knowledge and weight. It’s exciting and scary.”

― Tatiana Maslany

“It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always ‘Surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats.’ That’s been true for my entire lifetime.”

― Ted Cruz

“It used to be, it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.”

― Ted Cruz

“I had more energy at 50. On the other hand, at 75, I’ve probably got a little more wisdom and good judgment than I had at 50 because I’ve got more experience. But I haven’t really changed. I’m still driven by the same philosophy.”

― Ted Turner

“You have to find out what’s right for you, so it’s trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself.”

― Teri Garr

“By the time you’ve reached your sixties, you do know that one day you will die, and knowing that is at least the beginning of wisdom.”

― Terry Pratchett

“Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom.”

― Terry Pratchett

“I see a wiser person than when I was younger: having babies, and passing 30, were the turning points. What women in their 40s – I am 39 – lack in gorgeousness, they make up for in wisdom. I love ageing, despite the drawbacks – thinner, drier skin.”

― Thandie Newton

“In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.”

― Theodore Dreiser

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

― Theodore Isaac Rubin

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“Conventional wisdom tells us to avoid taking unalterable action while at a low point in life. I have never been conventional.”

― Therese Fowler

“We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“To embrace the whole world in friendship is wisdom. This wisdom is not changeable like the flowers that bloom and fade.”

― Thiruvalluvar

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”

― Thomas A. Edison

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

― Thomas A. Edison

“Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.”

― Thomas Babington Macaulay

“I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“This age thinks better of a gilded fool Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom’s school.”

― Thomas Dekker

“I don’t believe in a golden mean; I don’t believe you find policy wisdom between two polar points. I don’t dismiss that possibility, but I look at the platform that’s so ideologically based, that’s so dismissive of facts, of evidence, of science, and it’s frankly hard to take seriously.”

― Thomas E. Mann

“An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.”

― Thomas Fuller

“It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.”

― Thomas Hobbes

“The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box.”

― Thomas Huxley

“It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.”

― Thomas Huxley

“In science, as in art, and, as I believe, in every other sphere of human activity, there may be wisdom in a multitude of counsellors, but it is only in one or two of them.”

― Thomas Huxley

“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.”

― Thomas J. Watson

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”

― Thomas Paine

“War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.”

― Thomas Paine

“Every indication of wisdom, taken from the effect, is equally an indication of power to execute what wisdom planned.”

― Thomas Reid

“And, if we have any evidence that the wisdom which formed the plan is in the man, we have the very same evidence, that the power which executed it is in him also.”

― Thomas Reid

“In regard of the rich grace and wisdom of his love toward his people; for who sees not, but that it is a curse to be unready as these foolish virgins, who were therefore shut out.”

― Thomas Shepard

“To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness.”

― Thomas Traherne

“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.”

― Thornton Wilder

“Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.”

― Thornton Wilder

“The philosophical point is that our happiness and wellbeing is not based on incomes rising. This is not just the wisdom of sages but of ordinary people. Prosperity is more social and psychological: it’s about identification, affiliation, participation in society and a sense of purpose.”

― Tim Jackson

“If we talk about ‘Groundhog Day’ as a humanistic text – we only have one life, and there’s no punishment or reward afterwards – then the wisdom is, just be kind because that will make you happy and the people around you happy.”

― Tim Minchin

“Nothing energizes me more than to burrow myself under a pile of received wisdom and emerge triumphant with the truth.”

― Timothy Noah

“Success is a wonderful thing, but it tends not to be the sort of experience that we learn from. We enjoy it; perhaps we even deserve it. But we don’t acquire wisdom from it.”

― Timothy Noah

“I think in conventional magazine wisdom, you need to have a redesign every decade or so.”

― Timothy White

“I’m not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it’s like relaxing into – and an acceptance of – things.”

― Tina Turner

“Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.”

― Tobias Smollett

“We must work toward cyber doctrine that reflects the wisdom of free markets, private competition, and the important but limited role of government in establishing and enforcing the rule of law, honoring the rights of personal property, the benefits of free and fair trade, and the fundamental principles of liberty.”

― Tom Bossert

“Evil can be a teacher, if you look at the wisdom of its negative power.”

― Tom Brown, Jr.

“Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.”

― Tom Hopkins

“Community organizing is all about building grassroots support. It’s about identifying the people around you with whom you can create a common, passionate cause. And it’s about ignoring the conventional wisdom of company politics and instead playing the game by very different rules.”

― Tom Peters

“There’s a conventional wisdom that says that strategic thinking is much more important than relationship building, which doesn’t seem to be nearly as highly valued as it should be, based on what some of the leaders that I’ve spoken with have said to me.”

― Tom Rath

“Wit and playfulness represent a desperately serious transcendence of evil. Humor is both a form of wisdom and a means of survival.”

― Tom Robbins

“Conservatives have welcomed Trump’s attacks on the establishment, have cheered his boldness, and have applauded his courage. He has taken on hitherto taboo issues like immigration enforcement and has demonstrated the hollowness of what passes for conventional wisdom.”

― Tom Tancredo

“Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.”

― Tom Wilson

“You should never ask a horse or an actor to do something they cannot do. Wisdom will teach you to find out what they can do and then make it easy for them.”

― Tommy Lee Jones

“What if Barack Obama established a Presidential Advisory Committee that would meet once every couple of months, bringing together the former presidents for a conference in order to seek their collective wisdom? There is a wealth of experience in former presidents that generally goes untapped.”

― Tony Campolo

“I don’t have the strength or wisdom to get through a single day without guidance and grace from God.”

― Tony Dungy

“We need a president with experience and the wisdom and the grit to stand up to bullies who tell women that they should be punished for making their own decisions.”

― Tony Goldwyn

“The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.”

― Torquato Tasso

“Influential people are never satisfied with the status quo. They’re the ones who constantly ask, ‘What if?’ and ‘Why not?’ They’re not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom, and they don’t disrupt things for the sake of being disruptive; they do it to make things better.”

― Travis Bradberry

“In my life, I was always floating around the edge of the dark side and saying what if take it a little bit too far, and who says you have to stop there, and what’s behind the next door. Maybe you gain a wisdom from examining those things. But after a while, you get too far down in the quicksand.”

― Trent Reznor

“I knew that I had it tough compared to children around me. But I felt like I needed it. I think I had the wisdom as a child to know that it would help me later on.”

― Troy Polamalu

“Artemisinin… is a true gift from old Chinese medicine. But this is not the only instance in which the wisdom of Chinese medicine has borne fruit.”

― Tu Youyou

“I’m grateful for my lines of wisdom. Of course, there are days when I think: ‘Oh my gawd, I look a bit tired.’ But I can pull it together if I have to.”

― Twiggy

“What I’ve been able to do with my character, Madea, and the other characters, with the jokes, is use it as an anesthetic to get to the heart and soul of real issues. And what I’ve found on stage over the years is that, while making people laugh, I can drop in pearls of wisdom.”

― Tyler Perry

“An owl is traditionally a symbol of wisdom, so we are neither doves nor hawks but owls, and we are vigilant when others are resting.”

― Urjit Patel

“And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face.”

― Venerable Bede

“I always see where I didn’t do things the right way. I only see the heavy lifting. That’s a bit of my wisdom, if you want to call it that.”

― Vera Wang

“Wisdom is a sacred communion.”

― Victor Hugo

“Habit is the nursery of errors.”

― Victor Hugo

“Society is notoriously stupid in its failure to harness the wisdom of older women in everything from television to politics, family life to boardrooms, and here is one reminiscing with honesty and realism about women’s particular challenge: to create our professional and financial structures in the same period as our peak fertility.”

― Victoria Coren Mitchell

“I think that we have a great opportunity to impart our wisdom and our knowledge and our experience to this younger generation. It may be different times, but experience transcends time, and wisdom transcends time.”

― Victoria Osteen

“Knowledge is not just the preserve of the educated elite. Just because someone has not had a formal education, that does not mean he does not have wisdom and common sense.”

― Vikas Swarup

“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life, I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.”

― Viktor E. Frankl

“Just look at what is right in front of you. People don’t do that. They see what they expect to see, what they want to see, what conventional wisdom tells them to see. They only hear the music and not the lyrics of human events.”

― Vincent Bugliosi

“Most people see what they expect to see, what they want to see, what they’ve been told to see, what conventional wisdom tells them to see – not what is right in front of them in its pristine condition.”

― Vincent Bugliosi

“A lot of people tell me a lot of things about my conduct, my game, my future… but I try to stay away from their words of wisdom. I don’t let it distract me. On the field, you will be facing the ball alone. If you fail, you will the only one to blame. So, you should be the one deciding for yourself.”

― Virat Kohli

“What the tech industry often forgets is that with age comes wisdom. Older workers are usually better at following direction, mentoring, and leading.”

― Vivek Wadhwa

“The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent, the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.”

― Vladimir Putin

“If you are bitter, you are like a dry leaf that you can just squash, and you can get blown away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness.”

― Vusi Mahlasela

“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?”

― W. Clement Stone

“Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself.”

― W. Clement Stone

“The time of wisdom cannot be measured, and for me, wisdom is the garden. There is no time in the garden.”

― W. S. Merwin

“What could be more lonely than to be enveloped in silence, to be the last of your people to speak your native tongue, to have no way to pass on the wisdom of the elders, to anticipate the promise of the children. This tragic fate is indeed the plight of someone somewhere roughly every two weeks.”

― Wade Davis

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

― Wallace Stegner

“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”

― Walt Disney

“The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.”

― Walter Benjamin

“Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.”

― Walter Benjamin

“Arianna Huffington has exercised her renowned wisdom to give journalism another boost along the ever busier Internet. Her blog site promises to be an interesting challenge for those of us lucky enough to be invited to participate with our occasional contributions.”

― Walter Cronkite

“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.”

― Walter Lippmann

“One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most.”

― Walter Pater

“O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!”

― Walter Scott

“Teach your children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.”

― Walter Scott

“I think that music opens portals and doorways into unknown sectors that it takes courage to leap into. I always think that there’s a potential that we all have, and we can emerge, rise up to this potential, when necessary. We have to be fearless, courageous, and draw upon wisdom that we think we don’t have.”

― Wayne Shorter

“Courage is always the surest wisdom.”

― Wilfred Grenfell

“One reason the human race has such a low opinion of itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers.”

― Wilfrid Sheed

“However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.”

― Wilhelm von Humboldt

“Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.”

― Will Durant

“If you have a vaccine or an antidote that people can benefit from, you’re not going to want to keep it to yourself. You’re going to want to spread that wisdom or whatever to as many people as you can, so everybody can benefit from it.”


“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.”

― Will Rogers

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

― Will Rogers

“There’s a real wisdom to not saying a thing.”

― Willem Dafoe

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

― William Arthur Ward

“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”

― William Blake

“The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.”

― William Blake

“What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.”

― William Blake

“If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.”

― William Butler Yeats

“Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought – asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.”

― William Butler Yeats

“Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of ’em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.”

― William Congreve

“They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed.”

― William Cowper

“Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.”

― William Cowper

“Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.”

― William Cowper

“Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart.”

― William Dean Howells

“Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive.”

― William Dunbar

“Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn’t all have to be by tomorrow!”

― William Eardley IV

“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

“The future has already arrived. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”

― William Gibson

“The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right.”

― William Hazlitt

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

― William Hazlitt

“The problem with Google is you have 360 degrees of omnidirectional information on a linear basis, but the algorithms for irony and ambiguity are not there. And those are the algorithms of wisdom.”

― William Hurt

“It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.”

― William Inge

“The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.”

― William Inge

“Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.”

― William J. Clinton

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

― William James

“This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God.”

― William Law

“Until there are tangible metrics for quantifying the real value of a token’s utility, the gap between value and valuation will continue to defy conventional wisdom and conventional valuation methods.”

― William Mougayar

“We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation.”

― William O. Douglas

“The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.”

― William Osler

“He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father’s wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father’s care.”

― William Penn

“Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.”

― William Penn

“Thinking is not enough. There is no final enough of wisdom, experience – any… thing.”

― William S. Burroughs

“To keep your secret is wisdom; to expect others to keep it is folly.”

― William Samuel Johnson

“My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

― William Tecumseh Sherman

“Man’s wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.”

― William Temple

“Wisdom alone is true ambition’s aim, wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.”

― William Whitehead

“Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.”

― William Wordsworth

“Contrary to conventional wisdom, the blue blazer’s a bit of a loose cannon. A suit decided long ago what it wanted to be, and it doesn’t want to hear your ideas, but a blue blazer only got around to half the job. So it leaves it up to you to find its bottoms. Gray slacks, blue jeans, patterns, white pants and different blue shades all work.”

― Willie Geist

“To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.”

― Wilson Mizner

“The difference between chirping out of turn and a faux pas depends on what kind of a bar you’re in.”

― Wilson Mizner

“I have sympathy for young people, for their growing pains, but I balk when these growing pains are pushed into the foreground, when you make these young people the only vehicles of life’s wisdom.”

― Wislawa Szymborska

“I think the last album I bought was a very beautiful album called ‘Lost Wisdom’ by Mount Eerie featuring Julie Doiron, and I bought it direct from Phil Elverum via his website. It’s cool you can do that now with the Internet.”

― Withered Hand

“You lose or you win the fight – and anything in life – in your mind. I can look at how the person walks, how he speaks, his expressions. It’s a wisdom. Eyes are the mirror of the soul. So you can read a lot.”

― Wladimir Klitschko

“The best wisdom comes from the hardest struggle.”

― Xavier Rudd

“Better than the strength of men and horses is our wisdom.”

― Xenophanes

“It isn’t right to judge strength as better than good wisdom.”

― Xenophanes

“For myself, I think that those who cultivate wisdom and believe themselves able to instruct their fellow-citizens as to their interests are least likely to become partisans of violence. They are too well aware that to violence attach enmities and dangers, whereas results as good may be obtained by persuasion safely and amicably.”

― Xenophon

“The sweetest of all sounds is praise.”

― Xenophon

“During the long process of history, by relying on our own diligence, courage and wisdom, Chinese people have opened up a good and beautiful home where all ethnic groups live in harmony and fostered an excellent culture that never fades.”

― Xi Jinping

“The democratic system is premised on trust in the masses’ wisdom. We believe that the collective is wiser than its parts and that, at the end of the day, it shall make the right choices and take the right decisions.”

― Yair Lapid

“I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God.”

― Yehuda Berg

“Kabbalah is all about change. It isn’t about being proud of our good qualities: the wisdom is about transforming our darkness into light.”

― Yehuda Berg

“There is no wisdom of man that can change men or change nations; it is the power and wisdom of God that can.”

― Yemi Osinbajo

“You can observe a lot by watching.”

― Yogi Berra

“If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.”

― Yogi Berra

“Sometimes I am happy and sometimes not. I am, after all, a human being, you know. And I am glad that we are sometimes happy and sometimes not. You get your wisdom working by having different emotions.”

― Yoko Ono

“I think I got a lot of life skills; I got a lot of wisdom; I’ve seen a lot of bad things happen to a lot of good people.”

― Young Jeezy

“Sometimes in international politics, the better part of wisdom is to defer dangers rather than try to eliminate them altogether instantly.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.”

― Zhuangzi

“Champions invariably have fervent philosophical beliefs. Philosophy, in its simplest terms, means ‘the love of wisdom.’”

― Zig Ziglar

“I’m very accepting with my age. It’s like notches on your belt: experience, wisdom, and a different kind of beauty. There comes a day when you’ve become comfortable in your skin.”

― Zoe Saldana
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