Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
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.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
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.
How can you be a sage if you're pretty? You can't get your wizard papers without wrinkles.
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.
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.
A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.
I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.
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 child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.
A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
~James Gibbons Huneker
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
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.
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.
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
Wisdom is never on the menu, you have to own the restaurant.
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.
There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart.
Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
No man was ever wise by chance.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
~George Bernard Shaw