Wisdom quotes

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

- Levenson, Samuel

OUTCOME, n. A particular type of disappointment. By the kind of intelligence that sees in an exception a proof of the rule the wisdom of an act is judged by the outcome, the result. This is immortal nonsense; the wisdom of an act is to be juded by the light that the doer had when he performed it.

- Ambrose Bierce

That is true wisdom, to know how to alter one's mind when occasion demands it.

- Terence

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

- Saint Augustine

A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.

- Rowland, Helen

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

- Basho, Matsuo

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know -- and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is better to know -- even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction -- than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too.

- Asimov, Isaac

He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.

- Mary Howitt

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.

- Blake, William

Wise care keeps what it has gained.

- Proverb, Danish

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.

- Russell, John

Rich people without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces.

- Solon

Our wisdom comes usually from our experience, and our experience comes largely from our experience.


To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.

- Horace

Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

DIARY, n. A daily record of that part of one's life, which he can relate to himself without blushing. Hearst kept a diary wherein were writ All that he had of wisdom and of wit. So the Recording Angel, when Hearst died, Erased all entries of his own and cried: "I'll judge you by your diary." Said Hearst: "Thank you;'twill show you I am Saint the First" -- Straightway producing, jubilant and proud, That record from a pocket in his shroud. The Angel slowly turned the pages o'er, Each stupid line of which he knew before, Glooming and gleaming as by turns he hit On Shallow sentiment and stolen wit; Then gravely closed the book and gave it back. "My friend, you've wandered from your proper track: You'd never be content this side the tomb -- For big ideas Heaven has little room, And Hell's no latitude for making mirth," He said, and kicked the fellow back to earth. "The Mad Philosopher"

- Ambrose Bierce

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.

- G. K. Chesterton

Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.

- Franklin, Benjamin

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.

- Benjamin, Walter

The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.

- Boileau, Nicholas

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