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Wisdom Quotations and Proverbs

Wisdom consists, not in seeing what is directly before us, but in discerning those things which may come to pass.
Terence

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Augustine

Kindness is wisdom.
Phillip J. Bailey

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

There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things.
Francis Bacon

Perfect wisdom has four parts, viz., wisdom, the principle of doing things aright; justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private; fortitude, the principle of not flying danger, but meeting it; and temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately.
Plato

Wise sayings are not only for ornament, but for action and business, having a point or edge, whereby knots in business are pierced and discovered.

Lord Francis Bacon

The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
Cecil

The more you practice what you know, the more shall you know what to practice.
W. Jenkin

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it to confess your ignorance.
Confucius

Wisdom teaches us to do, as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a colour.
Seneca

He is wise who knows the sources of knowledge--who knows where it is written and where it is to be found.
A. A. Hodge

It was said of one of the most intelligent men who ever lived in New England, that when asked how he came to know so much about everything, he replied, by constantly realizing my own ignorance, and never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions. Tryon Edwards

True wisdom is a thing very extraordinary. Happy are they that have it: and next to them, not those many that think they have it, but those few that are sensible of their own defects and imperfections, and know that they have it not.
John Tillotson

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know hos to use wisdom is knowledge.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon



Much wisdom often goes with the fewest words.
Sophocles

The wise man is but a clever infant, spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity.
Thomas Carlyle

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

God gives men wisdom as he gives them gold; his treasure house is not the mint, but the mine.
Arabic Proverb

It is too often seen, that the wiser men are about the things of this world, the less wise they are about the things of the next,
Edmund Gibson

He who learns the rules of wisdom without conforming to them in his life is like a man who plows in his field but does not sow.
Saadi

The first point of wisdom is to. discern what is false; the. second, to know what is true.
Lactantius

True wisdom is to know what is best worth knowing, and to do what is best worth doing.
Edward Humphrey

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
Euripides

It may be said, almost without qualification, that true wisdom consists in the ready and accurate perception of analogies. Without the former quality, knowledge of the past is unobstructive: without the latter it is deceptive.
Richard Whately

 


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