147 Inspirational Wisdom Quotes


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Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Charles R. Swindoll        

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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson        

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When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.

Jess C. Scott        

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain        

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle        

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He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

Benjamin Franklin        

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Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams,
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes        

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Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Jimi Hendrix        

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Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Will Rogers        

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Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.

Oprah Winfrey        

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Turn your wounds into wisdom.

Oprah Winfrey        

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt        

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Albert Einstein image

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

Albert Einstein        

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It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca        

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Wisdom is the sunlight of the soul.

German proverb        

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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        

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Never laugh at live dragons.

J. R. R. Tolkien        

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Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.

Thomas J. Watson        

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Not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle, but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom.

John Milton        

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

Gerald Brenan        

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Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.

Leonard Nimoy        

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Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

Isaac Asimov        

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The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.

Thomas Huxley        

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It is best to learn wisdom by the experience of others.

Latin proverb        

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You do not write your life with words ... You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

Patrick Ness        

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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        

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

Anton Chekhov        

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Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.

M. Scott Peck        

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He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.

Mark Twain        

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What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

Jean-Jacques Rousseau        

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There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.

Patrick Rothfuss        

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The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

Napoleon Bonaparte        

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There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of use 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        

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The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.

Abigail Van Buren        

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Angry people are not always wise.

Jane Austen        

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We're all going to change. Otherwise, it's boring.

Alicia Keys        

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

Herbert Hoover        

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A lot of wisdom is just realizing the long-term consequences of your actions. The longer term you're willing to look, the wiser you're going to seem to everybody around you.

Naval Ravikant        

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Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.

Japanese proverb        

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The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.

William Blake        

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Years teach us more than books.

Berthold Auerbach        

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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        

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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        

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Horace image

He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.

Horace        

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A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence.

Pythagoras        

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The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.

Epictetus        

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

Honore De Balzac        

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The more a man knows, the more he forgives.

Catherine the Great        

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May you live every day of your life.

Jonathan Swift        

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Do what you will, withdraw to the mountains, sit in a forest, you cannot live in isolation. You can live only in relationship, and as long as relationship is not understood, there can be no right action. Right action comes in understanding relationship, which reveals the process of oneself. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, it is a field of affection, warmth, and love, therefore a field rich with flowers.

Jiddu Krishnamurti        

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Our concern in meditation is to know oneself, not only superficially, but the whole content of the inner, hidden consciousness. Without knowing all that and being free of its conditioning, you cannot possibly go beyond the mind's limits. That is why the thought process must cease, and for this cessation there must be knowledge of oneself. Therefore meditation is the beginning of wisdom, which is the understanding of one's own mind and heart.

Jiddu Krishnamurti        

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The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.

William James        

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Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools. Wisdom cannot be passed from one having it to another not having it. Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.

Walt Whitman        

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Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.

Horace        

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It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.

Maurice Switzer        

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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Confucius        

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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Kahlil Gibran        

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Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.

Paul Engle        

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Fast thinking looks cool but it's deep thinking that makes all the difference. And deep thinking is always slow thinking.

The Ancient Sage        

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Measure a thousand times and cut once.

Turkish proverb        

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One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.

Alexander Chase        

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The middle course is the best.

Cleobulus        

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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        

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The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his control.

Pythagoras        

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Stronger by weakness, wiser men become.

Edmund Waller        

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Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.

Leo Tolstoy        

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Action should culminate in wisdom.

Bhagavad Gita        

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Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.

George Crabbe        

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Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Francis Bacon        

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

Martin Farquhar Tupper        

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

George Eliot        

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Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.

Thomas Moore        

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Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

Martin Luther King Jr.        

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The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

Lin Yutang        

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Think before you speak. Read before you think.

Fran Lebowitz        

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Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.

Heraclitus        

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Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.

Plutarch        

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Paulo Coelho image

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

Paulo Coelho        

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A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

Robert Frost        

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It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld        

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Seek your own reality, that is what a wise man should do.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba        

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Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

Norman Cousins        

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Nature and wisdom never are at strife.

Plutarch        

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As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld        

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Wisdom sails with wind and time.

John Florio        

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Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom.

Witold Gombrowicz        

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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

Aristotle        

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A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.

Latin proverb        

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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

Lao Tzu        

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Reality – Dreams = Animal Being. Reality + Dreams = A Heart-Ache (usually called Idealism). Reality + Humor = Realism (also called Conservatism). Dreams – Humor = Fanaticism. Dreams + Humor = Fantasy. Reality + Dreams + Humor = Wisdom.

Lin Yutang        

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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        

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Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

Leonardo da Vinci        

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Life is really generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend.

Paulo Coelho        

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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        

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It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.

J. R. R. Tolkien        

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

Leo Tolstoy        

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Silence does not always mark wisdom.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge        

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By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.

Menander        

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In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.

Mark Twain        

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A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

Charles Dickens        

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The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends and family, in one's backyard.

Abraham Maslow        

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The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy.

William Penn        

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The fool wonders, the wise man asks.

Benjamin Disraeli        

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Doubt is the origin of wisdom.

Augustine of Hippo        

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

Kahlil Gibran        

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The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shore line of wonder.

Ralph W. Sockman        

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He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.

Ralph Waldo Emerson        

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare        

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A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.

David Elton Trueblood        

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It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Oliver Wendell Holmes        

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Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best.

John Tillotson        

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The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.

William Hazlitt        

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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        

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First of all, to understand truth you must stand alone, entirely and wholly alone. No Master, no teacher, no guru, no system, no self-discipline will ever lift for you the veil which conceals wisdom. Wisdom is the understanding of enduring values and the living of those values. No one can lead you to wisdom.

Jiddu Krishnamurti        

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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        

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Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

Albert Einstein        

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

Isaac Asimov        

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

Havelock Ellis        

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Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear.

Jiddu Krishnamurti        

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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Socrates        

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A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

Michel de Montaigne        

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The unexamined life is not worth living.

Socrates        

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

Matsuo Basho        

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

Holly Near        

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Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

John Lennon        

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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant        

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The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.

Solomon Ibn Gabriol        

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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        

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

John Cheever        

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Never say no twice if you mean it.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb        

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If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

William Blake        

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

Jane Fonda        

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The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.

Paulo Coelho        

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Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.

Samuel Smiles        

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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        

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No man was ever wise by chance.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca        

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Wisdom is better than gold or silver.

German proverb        

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Seek wisdom along with knowledge. Knowledge is words. Wisdom is silent. Knowledge is understanding what is seen. Wisdom is knowing what is not seen. Without knowledge, one could not play the violin. Without wisdom, one could not play the music.

Thibaut        

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How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

Homer        

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The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.

Confucius        

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There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool.

Diogenes        

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Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal.

A. Maude Royden        

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Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.

Zhuangzi        

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The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

Michel de Montaigne        

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

Kahlil Gibran        

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Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.

Oliver Wendell Holmes        

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

Kiana Tom        

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