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A quiet mind married to integrity of heart is the birth of wisdom. (Adyashanti)

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish. (Aeschylus)

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought. (James Allen)

Wisdom consists in rising superior both to madness and to common sense. (Henri-Frederic Amiel)

Is it wise to pray for wisdom? You may find yourself surrounded by fools. (Anonymous)

There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. (Aristotle)

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. (Aristotle)

In our wisdom let us not forget, it is the pause that creates the music. (Kathleen Arnason)

Kindness is wisdom. There is none in life / But needs it, and may learn. (Philip James Bailey)

- Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story...
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary. (Christina Baldwin)

The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead sets themselves against it. (Jean Baudrillard)

To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom. (Jose Bergamin)

-Master of Stupidity...
We begin to learn wisely when we're willing to see world from other people's perspective. (Toba Beta)

Wisdom, character, and consciousness conquer everything. (Yogi Bhajan)

folly, n. That 'gift and faculty divine' whose creative and controlling energy inspires Man's mind, guides his actions and adorns his life. (Ambrose Bierce)

adage, n. Boned wisdom for weak teeth. (Ambrose Bierce)

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. (William Blake)

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom; for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough. (William Blake)

The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so. (Nicolas Boileau)

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)

We're all fools... all the time. It's just we're a different kind each day. We think, I'm not a fool today. I've learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we're not perfect and live accordingly. (Ray Bradbury)

To know you are ignorant is the beginning of wisdom. (Marion Zimmer Bradley)

Wealth and wisdom are seldom combined, for the person who achieves one no longer desires the other. (Robert Brault)

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. (Bertolt Brecht)

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

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve. (Gautama Buddha)

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Be quick to learn and wise to know. (George Burns)

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance. (Leo Buscaglia)

The search for wisdom is a great challenge; to act on wisdom is an even greater challenge. (Chris Butler)

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

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so. (Dale Carnegie)

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise. (Miguel de Cervantes)

The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

A man cannot be wise enough to be a great artist without being wise enough to wish to be a philosopher. (G. K. Chesterton)

Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. (Bill Clinton)

The wise are wise only because they love. The fools are fools only because they think they can understand love. (Paulo Coelho)

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

A wise man thinks what is easy is difficult. (John Churton Collins)

A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating, as wiser by always reading. (Jeremey Collyer)

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)

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

So wisdom comes with age after all. And what can it tell young artists ready to dash out of school? Don't just do something; sit there. Art takes time. Let your brilliant career have a middle, and a late period, and an end. Let it be long. (B. Holland Cotter)

Knowledge dwells / in heads replete with thoughts of other men; / Wisdom in minds attentive to their own. (William Cowper)

A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men. (Roald Dahl)

A person of wisdom is not one who practices Buddhism apart from worldly affairs but, rather, one who thoroughly understands the principles by which the world is governed. (Nichiren Daishonin)

It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance. (Charles Darwin)

Man is aware; he perceives and interprets the world around him. When he uses logic as a tool for interpretation, it becomes science; when he uses feelings for interpretation, it becomes poetry; when he takes a longer view of his observations, it becomes wisdom. (Avtarjeet Dhanjal)

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man. (Diogenes)

A memory without the emotional charge is called wisdom. (Joe Dispenza)

There are two statements about human beings that are true: that all human beings are alike, and that all are different. On those two facts all human wisdom is founded. (Mark van Doren)

- The Count of Monte Cristo...
All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope. (Alexandre Dumas)

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. (Abba Eban)

Fools usually know best that which the wise despair of ever comprehending. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

The wise man is seldom prudent. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Wisdom consists in doing the next think you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today. (Tryon Edwards)

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. (George Eliot)

Literature is the garden of wisdom. (James Ellis)

The man, who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight, has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Of all the things which wisdom acquires to produce the blessedness of the complete life, far the greatest is the possession of friendship. (Epicurus)

All wisdom ends in paradox. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

Cleverness is not wisdom. (Euripides)

Timing, degree and conviction are the three wise men in this life. (R. I. Fitzhenry)

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

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. (Benjamin Franklin)

Just as a cautious businessman avoids tying up all his capital in one concern, so, perhaps, worldly wisdom will advise us not to look for the whole of our satisfaction from a single aspiration. (Sigmund Freud)

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In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth - teaching others. (Solomon Ibn Gabirol)

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)

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. (Oliver Goldsmith)

No more; where ignorance is bliss, / 'Tis folly to be wise. (Thomas Gray)

We will sleep for millions and millions of years. Let us use our brief time wisely. (Gary John Gresl)

In silence there is wisdom. (Hap Hagood)

When is it wise to allow chance and circumstance to happen and when is it wise to construct out the surrounding forces? (Cherie Hanson)

There are many branches of learning, but only the one solid tree-trunk of wisdom. (Henry S. Haskins)

A wise man cares not for what he cannot have. (Jack Herbert)

- Siddhartha...
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)

I confess that I have been blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all. (Sherlock Holmes)

The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. (Elbert Hubbard)

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. (William James)

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. (Erica Jong)

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it, and Virtue is doing it. (David Starr Jordan)

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. (Juvenal)

You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This, of course, would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom. (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

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

To take no account of oneself, but always to think well and highly of others is the highest wisdom and perfection. (Thomas a Kempis)

Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for the reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally. (Baron John Maynard Keynes)

A great rock is not disturbed by the wind; the mind of a wise man is not disturbed by either honor or abuse. (Dalai Lama)

A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man's wisdom even if he associates with a sage. (Dalai Lama)

The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander. (Walter Savage Landor)

A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends. (Niki Lauda)

Proverbs contradict each other. That is the wisdom of a nation. (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)

Inspiration, spirituality, solitude, intuition, creativity, practice, play and reflection are keys to wisdom... aren't we blessed to recognize these necessary phases of art and craft which continually fill our soul? (Antoinette Ledzian)

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite. (Sam Levenson)

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. (Walter Lippmann)

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them. (Gabriel Marcel)

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

We artists are messengers. We bring wisdom to our art from the intuitive self. It is an honest expression, no way akin to copying an image or subject. (Billie F. Mathis)

This is what Wisdom means: To be changed without the slightest effort on your part, to be transformed, believe it or not, merely by waking to the reality that is not words, that lies beyond the reach of words. (Anthony de Mello)

To teach is to understand. To learn is wisdom. To learn together is understanding wisdom. (Sid Mendenhall)

Only the most foolish of mice would hide in a cat's ear, but only the wisest of cats would think to look there. (Andrew Mercer)

Oh, wisdom never comes when it is gold, / And the great price we paid for it full worth: / We have it only when we are half earth. / Little avails that coinage to the old! (George Meredith)

When the container gets too tight, we hit the edge. We need to break through it to see the wisdom in it all. (Gina Mollicone-Long)

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. (Michel de Montaigne)

The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness. (Michel de Montaigne)

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise. (Baron de Montesquieu)

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. (Edward R. Murrow)

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion? (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties. (Emil Nolde)

Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. (George Orwell)

At times it is folly to hasten, at other times to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time. (Ovid)

The only difference between the wise man and the fool is that the wise man knows he is playing. (Fritz Perls)

Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom. (Plato)

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. (Plautus)

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see. (Huang Po)

For fools rush in where angels fear to tread. (Alexander Pope)

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. (Alexander Pope)

The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension. (Ezra Pound)

More than some are fools, and some are more than fools. (K. Ann Price)

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

He who persists in his folly shall indeed become wise. (Egyptian proverb)

A word to the wise is sufficient. (Italian proverb)

Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom. (Zen proverb)

Wisdom thoroughly learned will never be forgotten. (Pythagoras)

Science is wisdom reduced to practice. (Phineas Quimby)

If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking glass. (Francois Rabelais)

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. (Theodore Roosevelt)

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

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

Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness. (Rumi)

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. (Rumi)

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. (Bertrand Russell)

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom. (John Russell)

He who learns the rules of wisdom, without conforming to them in his life, is like a man who labored in his fields, but did not sow. (Sa'di)

Wisdom comes by disillusionment. (George Santayana)

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

Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of action. (David Seabury)

I believe that traditional wisdom is incomplete. (Martin Seligman)

A life lived empty of wisdom is a glass blown but unfilled. (Ian Semple)

To be wise and love / Exceeds man's might. (William Shakespeare)

The Foole doth thinke he is wise, but the wiseman knowes himselfe to be a Foole. (William Shakespeare)

We are made wise not by recollection of our past but by responsibility for our future. (George Bernard Shaw)

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. (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)

Wisdom is knowing what to do with what you know. (J. Winter Smith)

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. (Tobias George Smolett)

Wisdom begins in wonder. (Socrates)

A short saying often contains much wisdom. (Sophocles)

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. (Herbert Spencer)

Knowledge is power; power is corrupt. Therefore, one must seek wisdom. (Curtis S. Spevak)

Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so. (Philip Dormer Stanhope)

I do not feel I have wisdom enough yet to love what is ugly. (Stendhal)

Everything is sorrow for the wise. (Yoga Sutras)

Man's wisdom is his best friend. (Sir William Temple)

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. (Henry David Thoreau)

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this. (Henry David Thoreau)

The wise speak only of what they know. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. (Leo Tolstoy)

-Following the Equator...
Let us be thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed. (Mark Twain)

A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose. (Mark Twain)

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. (Chuang Tzu)

Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. (Morihei Ueshiba)

Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum [trans. Thanks be to God that I am what I am]. (John Updike)

You know how it is with fathers, you never escape the idea that maybe after all they're right. (John Updike)

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. (Voltaire)

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys. (William Arthur Ward)

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

Wise men don't judge: They seek to understand. (Wei Wu Wei)

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)

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so. (William Whitelaw)

-Love Letters to my Children...
The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for our wisdom to emerge. (Marianne Williamson)

Turn your wounds into wisdom. (Oprah Winfrey)

Our greatest stupidities may be very wise. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. (William Wordsworth)

Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive. (Wilbur Wright)

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. (William Butler Yeats)

Wise it is to comprehend the whole. (Edward Young)

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)