A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
During a carnival, people put masks over their masks.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Isolation is always a good breeding ground for prejudice.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
Wisdom is a treasure, the key whereof is never lost.
He taketh wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.
~Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.)
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.
Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back or a fool from any side.
A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
~John Henry Cardinal Newman
The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love.
It is because the old have forgotten life that they preach wisdom.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs,
which are brief and pithy.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.
~David Starr Jordan
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
If you don’t like the road you’re walking, pave another one.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
~ George Bernard Shaw
Wisdom is what’s left after we’ve run out of personal opinions.
Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.
~Horace (65 BC – 8 BC), Odes
Wisdom is a sacred communion.
Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts.
No man is wise enough by himself.
~ Titus Maccius Plautus
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
~ Baltasar Gracian
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
~David Star Jordan
Let men be wise by instinct if they can, but when this fails be wise by good advice.
The more you know, the less you need to show.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.
It is the path of least resistance that makes rivers and men crooked.
~B. J. Palmer.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
~ William Shakespeare
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
Wisdom begins at the end.
Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
~George Bernard Shaw.
We can be Knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.
~Michel de Montaigne
Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.
The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.
Wisdom and folly are equal before the face of Infinity, for Infinity knows them not.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
If you have read though all the quotations, you will have become wiser.