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Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
~Elbert Hubbard
We can be Knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
~Michel de Montaigne
Wisdom begins at the end.
~Daniel Webster
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
~St. Augustine
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
~Doug Larson
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
~David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair
He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.
~Mary Wilson Little
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
~Tom Wilson
How can you be a sage if you're pretty? You can't get your wizard papers without wrinkles.
~Bill Veeck
The years teach much which the days never knew.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I can look Life in the eyes,Grown calm and very coldly wise,Life will have given me the Truth,And taken in exchange - my youth.
~Sara Teasdale
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
~Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations, 1988
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
~Juvenal, Satires
A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.
~Author Unknown
I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.
~John Buchan
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.
~A.A. Hodge
A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.
~Author Unknown
A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.
~Chinese Proverb
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
~Norman Cousins
He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
~James Gibbons Huneker
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
~George Santayana
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
~Doug Larson
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
~Tobias Smollett
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
~William Wordsworth
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
~Sophocles
If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree we could soon tell how much men loved wisdom.
~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays, 1911
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool..
~William Shakespeare, As You Like It
One must spend time in gathering knowledge to give it out richly.
~Edward C. Steadman
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
~William James
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
~Fran├žois Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
~Josh Billings
Wisdom is never on the menu, you have to own the restaurant.
~Carrie Latet
There are subjects in which I wish to become knowledgeable, and subjects in which I wish to remain wise.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
The child, offered the mother's breast,Will not in the beginning grab it;But soon it clings to it with zest.And thus at wisdom's copious breastsYou'll drink each day with greater zest.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every wise man lives in an observatory.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
~Martin H. Fischer
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.
~Herb Caen
There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart.
~Charles Dickens
Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
No man was ever wise by chance.
~Seneca
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
~George Bernard Shaw