Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
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.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
Wisdom is the sunlight of the soul.
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.
Never laugh at live dragons.
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
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.
Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.
It is best to learn wisdom by the experience of others.
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.
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.
He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
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.
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.
Angry people are not always wise.
We're all going to change. Otherwise, it's boring.
Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.
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.
Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
Years teach us more than books.
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.
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.
He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence.
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
May you live every day of your life.
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.
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.
The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
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.
Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.
It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
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.
Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.
Fast thinking looks cool but it's deep thinking that makes all the difference. And deep thinking is always slow thinking.
Measure a thousand times and cut once.
One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.
The middle course is the best.
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.
The wise man should be prepared for everything that does not lie within his control.
Stronger by weakness, wiser men become.
Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.
Action should culminate in wisdom.
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Think before you speak. Read before you think.
Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Seek your own reality, that is what a wise man should do.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Nature and wisdom never are at strife.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
Wisdom sails with wind and time.
Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
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.
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.
Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
Life is really generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend.
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.
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.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
Silence does not always mark wisdom.
By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.
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.
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
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.
The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy.
The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shore line of wonder.
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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.
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best.
The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.
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.
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.
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.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of wisdom.
Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.
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.
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
Never say no twice if you mean it.
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
One part of wisdom is knowing what you don't need anymore and letting it go.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.
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.
No man was ever wise by chance.
Wisdom is better than gold or silver.
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.
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.
There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool.
Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal.
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.
Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.
True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people.
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