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Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

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.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge shall every room be filled with precious and pleasant riches.
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.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech.
Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.
The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool.
Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.
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.
The beginning of wisdom is to desire it.
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything
Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.
Better to get wisdom than gold.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all your getting get understanding.
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.
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.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.
The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.
Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom.
The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.
Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear.
The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.
The live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, who have renounced every selfish desire and sense craving tormenting the heart.
Action should culminate in wisdom.
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.
We cannot advance without new experiments in living, but no wise man tries every day what he has proved wrong the day before.
Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
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.
We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
Wise people are foolish if they cannot adapt to foolish people.
Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today.
Wisdom is found only in truth.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
The man who questions opinions is wise. The man who quarrels with facts is a fool.
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning.
Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.
All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.
Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.
The wise person has long ears and a short tongue.
A nation's treasure is its scholars.
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.
The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.
Who is wise? One who learns from all.
Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation.
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
And Wisdom be the Daughter of Experience
The extreme limit of wisdom --that's what the public calls madness.
Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.
The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two.
Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
Some folks are wise and some otherwise.
The price of wisdom is eternal thought.
For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocence, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced.
The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes, -- every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. Even the bee and ant have brought their little lessons of industry and economy.
A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.
There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom.
Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.
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.
Wisdom overcomes fortune.
When going gets easy... make sure you are not going down the hill...
Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can be gotten without it.
When you move amidst the world of sense, free from attachment and aversion alike, there comes the peace in which all sorrows end, and you life in the wisdom of the Self.
By others faults the wise correct their own.
So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.
Some men are wise, and some are otherwise.
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
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.
The end result of wisdom is... good deeds.
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God.
A wise man thinks what is easy is difficult.
The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person.
Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.
If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.
Nine times out of ten it is over the Bridge of Sighs that we pass the narrow gulf from youth to manhood. That interval is usually marked by an ill placed or disappointed affection. We recover and we find ourselves a new being. The intellect has become hardened by the fire through which it has passed. The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone.
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
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 faith rather than reason.
The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.
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.
The wisdom of a learned man comet by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise. [Ecclesiasticus 38:25]
The testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple. [Psalms 19:7]
Wisdom is better than weapons of war. [9:18b, Ecclesiastes]
Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times.
The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. [Proverbs 15: 31]
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. [Proverbs 3:13-15]
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. [1 Corinthians 3:18-19]
Wise men still seek Him today.
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
The wisdom of others remains dull till it is writ over with our own blood. We are essentially apart from the world; it bursts into our consciousness only when it sinks its teeth and nails into us.
Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next.
Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly.
No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as wise as the average woman of forty-eight.
By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.
Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.
It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom.
If you pee in your bath water that means you are lazy. But if you pee in the public pool you are really nasty!
The one who did not understood that his time’s root supports his life tree was born in vain.
However much we would adore the past it will forever die in the future with us.
We are a dream of a thought which lives trough the Word.
Who can hide himself from death or who can embrace the wind?
He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
Life is a festival only to the wise.
Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.
The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lay down on some seaweed and roll around in it until he's completely draped in it. Then he'll stand up and go hey, I'm Vine Man.
Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end.
Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.
Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings.
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.
There often seems to be a playfulness to wise people, as if either their equanimity has as its source this playfulness or the playfulness flows from the equanimity; and they can persuade other people who are in a state of agitation to calm down and manage a smile.
I have known it for a long time but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart, with my stomach.
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
Timing, degree and conviction are the three wise men in this life.
Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
Raphael paints wisdom; Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it.
Wisdom is like electricity. There is no permanently wise man, but men capable of wisdom, who, being put into certain company, or other favorable conditions, become wise for a short time, as glasses rubbed acquire electric power for a while.
A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, --something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book.
There is no wisdom save in truth. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas about truth are changeable. Only a little of the first fruits of wisdom, only a few fragments of the boundless heights, breadths and depths of truth, have I been able to gather.
He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way.
Now all the knowledge and wisdom that is in creatures, whether angels or men, is nothing else but a participation of that one eternal, immutable and increased wisdom of God, or several signatures of that one archetypal seal, or like so many multiplied reflections of one and the same face, made in several glasses, whereof some are clearer, some obscurer, some standing nearer, some further off.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd preferred to talk.
It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.
As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
There's always a free cheese in a mousetrap
Success is not a journey, it's a destination called satisfaction.
It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it
If I will not lie, you will not see the truth.
If only eating is a good habit, then everyone is healthy.
No one wants to die, yet no one can escape death.
Don't just be a dreamer, but be a maker.
If you're looking for someone to love, my name is love.
Change starts in yourself, not from others.
People who think negative things are those insecure.
Rich or poor, both feet on the ground.
To live a successful life, does require determination and discipline. That's your secret to success. Even though there are challenges, yet in the end, you've passed the test.
I worry too much of my health, but I didn't realize that it's all in my mind.
Don't look for greatness and glory, let them speak about you.
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.
Behold, my son, with what little wisdom the world is ruled.
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
The days that are still to come are the wisest witnesses.
The wisest have the most authority.
Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability.
No man is wise enough by himself.
The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water.
Wise care keeps what it has gained.
Everyone is wise until he speaks.
He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream.
The foolish sayings of a rich man pass for wise ones.
Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains.
It is not wise to be wiser than necessary.
Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use.
They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.
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.
To be wise and love exceeds man's might.
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.
The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it
The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.
Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men.
A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense.
A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be lead by the nose.
Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied.
If wisdom were on sale in the open market, the stupid would not even ask the price.
Many people might have attained wisdom had they not assumed they already had it.
The best mind might be the wisest mind if it were a mind alone that produces wisdom.
The wise man says it cannot be done, but the fool goes and does it.
What a wonderful world this would be if there were as many wise people as there are clever people.
Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is a tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.
Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.
Without wisdom, knowledge is more stupid than ignorance.
Understanding the limitations of human beings as well as understanding your own is the beginning of true wisdom.
Wisdom begins at the end.
It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed Wisdom. And then I know exactly what is going to follow: Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
Look at those they call unfortunate and at a closer view, you'll find many of them are unwise.
If you wish to know the road up the mountain, ask the man who goes back and forth on it.
Sharing great wisdom in the company of fools may lead them to take you as one of their own.
Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.
Sometimes to find your destination, you must first get lost along the way; for it is in that place of darkness, quietness and solitude, you hear the whispers of wisdom.
Wisdom is not just memorizing quotes and knowing when to say them; it is feeling concepts and understanding its meaning.
No light is brighter than wisdom. Wisdom is the light in the world.
Observe the life by cause and consequence. Explore the life by wisdom. Treat the life by equality. Complete the life by love.
Enjoy the good health. Bring the truth happiness. Care of his own family. Give the peace to all. Firstly, one must discipline and control his own mind. If he can do so, the enlightenment, wisdom and virtue will go to him naturally.
There are many ways to seek wisdom. BOOK --- is one of the major sources.