The fool wanders, a wise man travels.

Dr. Thomas Fuller

The wisest of the wise may err.


I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

Mahatma Ghandi

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.


How terrible it is to have wisdom when it does not benefit those who have it.


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it, and Virtue is doing it.

David Starr Jordan

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

William Shakespeare

Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.

Horace Mann

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

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

Michel de Montaigne

He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise.

Quintus Ennius

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.


It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.


A wise man changes his mind, a fool never.

Spanish Proverb

The oldest trees often bear the sweetest fruit.

German Proverb

Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used.

Carl Sagan

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Bertrand Russell

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth.

Mikhail Gorbachev

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

Henry David Thoreau

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.


The first step to wisdom is to avoid the common fallacy which considers everything profound that is obscure.

Gregory Nunn

Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.

Bertrand Russell

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

No man is wise enough by himself.

Titus Maccius Plautus

I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had.

Margaret Mead

Those people who think only of themselves, are hopelessly uneducated. They are not educated, no matter how instructed they may be.

Nicholas Murray Butler

Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted; and pure love without power is destroyed.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.

Robbie Gass

If a wise man behaves prudently, how can he be overcome by his enemies? Even a single man, by right action, can overcome a host of foes.

Saskya Pandita

Great men are not always wise.


A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensable.

Richard Byrd

Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.

Paul Engle

Mystery is the wisdom of blockheads.

Horace Walpole

There is no object that we see; no action that we do; no good that we enjoy; no evil that we feel, or fear, but we may make some spiritual advantage of all: and he that makes such improvement is wise, as well as pious.

Anne Bradstreet

The wise speak only of what they know.

J.r.r. Tolkien

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.

Titus Maccius Plautus

Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

William Cowper

Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

Muslih uddin Sadi

All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope.

Alexandre Dumas Père

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.

Doug Larson

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant

At the end of knowledge, wisdom begins, and at the end of wisdom, there is not grief...but hope.

Lloyd Alexander

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

Baltasar Gracian

If you realize you aren't so wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you're wiser today.

Olin Miller

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.

Tom Wilson

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

Phil Jackson

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.

George Santayana

It is impossible to love and to be wise.

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next.

Charles Simmons

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

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.

David Hume

Dip your tongue in wisdom, then give counsel.

Bulgarian Proverb

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

A child's hand in yours-what tenderness it arouses, what power it conjures. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.

Marjorie Holmes

In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!


It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.

Sara Teasdale

The wise sees knowledge and action as one; they see truly.

Bhagavad Gita

Do not crush the flowers of wisdom with the hobnail boots of cynicism.

Bill Bailey

There is no wisdom equal to that which comes after the event.

Geraldine Jewsbury

Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.

Cullen Hightower

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

James Boswell

It is easy to be a pot in a world full of kettles.

David Severy

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

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.

George Santayana

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.

Lyn Yutang

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether thy be wise or foolish.


Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.

Doug Larson

Wise to resolve, and patient to perform.


Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.


Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold...

Bob Marley

Wise men, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same lives.


Wisdom does not come overnight.

African Proverb

Wisdom never lies.


One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.

Thomas Babington Macaulay

Arrogance diminishes wisdom.

Arabian Proverb

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

Walter Lippmann

It may serve as a comfort to us, in all our calamities and afflictions, that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss.

L. Estrange

I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.

Brigitte Bardot

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

Mark Twain

The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others.

Tibetan Proverb

A wise man writes down what he thinks, a stupid man forgets what he thinks, a complete idiot punishes himself for what he thinks.

Jason Zebehazy

Recognize your history, in the present, to know your future.

Helene Lagerberg

Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd 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

What is the quality of your intent?Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes thr.

Thurgood Marshall

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

Marilyn vos Savant

Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.

George Crabbe

Wise it is to comprehend the whole.

Edward Young

The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down the stream of time in the light skiff of apothegm and epigram.

Edwin P. Whipple

Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes angry.


Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.

Martin Luther King Jr.

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.


It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.


A short saying oft contains much wisdom.


You are providing for your disciples a show of wisdom without the reality. For, acquiring by your means much information unaided by instruction, they will appear to possess much knowledge, while, in fact, they will, for the most part, know nothing at all; and, moreover, be disagreeable people to deal with, as having become wise in their own conceit, instead of truly wise.


I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.


The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Wisdom comes with winters.

Oscar Wilde

Wise men have more to learn of fools than fools of wise men.

Michel de Montaigne

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.


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


The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.

Benjamin Disraeli

The ancient books are everything I want; their wisdom is the balm that soothes my pain.

Moses Ibn Ezra

I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.


He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.


There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.


The fool wonders, the wise man asks.

Benjamin Disraeli

The believer is happy, the doubter is wise.

Irish Proverb

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

Robert Frost

Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force... If we assume that life is worth living, if we assume that mankind has the right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.

Martin Luther King Jr.

I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we're not wise enough to see it.

Oprah Winfrey

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom;No wisdom but in submission to the gods.Big words are always punished,And proud men in old age learn to be wise.


Though a man be wise it is no shame for him to live and learn.


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Sir Francis Bacon

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.

Edgar Allan Poe

See first that the design is wise and just: that ascertained, pursue it resolutely; do not for one repulse forego the purpose that you resolved to effect.

William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

William Shakespeare

The little foolery that wise men have makes a great show.

William Shakespeare

The more pity, that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.

William Shakespeare

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

Horace Mann

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.

Horace Mann

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

Horace Mann

Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.

Horace Mann

It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom the blessings of the gods, to endure hard poverty, and who fears dishonor worse than death, and is not afraid to die for cherished friends or fatherland.

Horace Mann

A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.


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


Thinking is the essence of wisdom.

Persian Proverb

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

T. S. Eliot

The arts are the servant; wisdom its master.


Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.


Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.


Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness . . . it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair . . . in short, the period was so far like the present period . . . .

Charles Dickens

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.

Herbert Spencer

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.

Theodore Roosevelt

A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.

Michel de Montaigne

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.

Bill Cosby

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Benjamin Franklin

He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.

Benjamin Franklin

Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

Benjamin Franklin

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.

Alfred North Whitehead

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

Benjamin Franklin

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim Wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, Obtained with labor, for mankind employed, And then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.

Alfred North Whitehead

The wise determine from the gravity of the case; the irritable, from sensibility to oppression; the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.

Edmund Burke

Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.

Will Durant

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.


All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.

James A. Garfield

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.


Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly.

Leonardo da Vinci

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or 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.


Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Sir Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one half of wisdom.

Sir Francis Bacon

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.

Sir Francis Bacon

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

Sir Francis Bacon

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

Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.

Bill Clinton

There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.

Cyril Connolly

Not until just before dawn do people sleep best; not until people get old do they become wise.

Chinese Proverb

There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.

G. K. Chesterton

We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys.

William Arthur Ward

Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.

Chinese Proverb

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses.

William Arthur Ward

Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.

Robert Louis Stevenson

He who knows not and knows not he knows not: he is a fool - shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not: he is simple - teach him. He who knows and knows not he knows: he is asleep - wake him. He who knows and knows he knows: he is wise - follow him.

German Proverb

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

David Starr Jordan

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.

William Faulkner

Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.

Hermann Hesse

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Jimi Hendrix

Whosover loveth wisdom is righteous, but he that keepeth company with fowl is weird.

Woody Allen

Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.


Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.

Wilbur Wright

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

Jonathan Swift

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.

Jonathan Swift

The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.

Publilius Syrus

The gods never let us love and be wise at the same time.

Publilius Syrus

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.

Amos Bronson Alcott

A wise man's question contains half the answer.

Solomon Ibn Gabirol

All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.

Eric Hoffer

Men have been wise in many different modes; but they have always laughed the same way.

Samuel Johnson

The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct.


Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.

Alexander Pope

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

Samuel Johnson

All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.

Sir Philip Sidney

That was a big boost for our kids, mentally as well as time-wise. No team score was kept, but I was pretty happy with how we did.

Bart Witte

But goodness alone is never enough. A hard cold wisdom is required, too, for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom invariably accomplishes evil.

Robert A. Heinlein

Forgiveness does not always lead to a healed relationship. Some people are not capable of love, and it might be wise to let them go along with your anger. Wish them well, and let them go their way.

Real Live Preacher

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

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.

Albert Einstein

Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the life- long attempt to acquire it.

Albert Einstein

My father was extremely loving to me and funny and wise and understanding, and at other times extremely demanding, critical, calculating, exacting. When you're a young woman, I think you want to please a lot, so maybe you accept more of the criticism than you would as an older person. But criticism can be very wounding. It certainly was to me.

Anjelica Huston

There's a little sense of urgency coming towards the end of the season, with everything up in the air contract-wise, ... I think with the importance of every start going in, trying to be a little more focused, I've picked up on a few things that can be helpful.

Mark Hendrickson

I believe this train is already out of the station, and I believe us hopping on board is wise.

Sean Reilly

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, not even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.

Henry David Thoreau