Wisdom is the
reward you get
for a lifetime of listening
you'd have preferred to talk.
wisdom in the story of the most educated and powerful person
is often not greater than the wisdom in the story of a child,
and the life of a child can teach us as much as the life of a sage.
we are relaxed and reasonable content, we are naturally wise. We
that life is unpredictable, unreliable. We say jokingly or
philosophically, "Nothing is
sure except death and taxes," or God willing and the creek don't
each other that, notwithstanding the level of planning, we are
with being surprised. We get startled. We recover.
We are disappointed.
We adjust. Mostly--with Wisdom intact--we manage.
wisdom always directs itself towards God;
the purest wisdom is knowledge of God.
do not receive wisdom--
we must discover it
a journey through the
wilderness which no one
can make for us,
which no one can spare
us, for our wisdom
the point of view from
which we come at last
Wisdom is not book learning but, rather, a quality
or state of knowing
what is true or right coupled with the judgment to discern
constructive action. Wisdom is the insight and intuition
contained in the
proverbial still, small voice that only a quiet mind can hear and
know. -Sue Patton Thoele
the gold and keep the silver, but give us wisdom.
characteristics distinguish the wise: they do not speak
in the presence of those wiser than themselves, do not
interrupt, are not hasty to answer, ask and answer the point,
talk about first things first and last things last, admit when
they do not know, and acknowledge the truth.
To have lived long
necessarily imply the gathering
of much wisdom and experience.
One who has pedaled twenty-five
thousand miles on a stationary
bicycle has not circled the globe.
He or she has only
your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean
you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
There is a great difference
between knowing a thing and understanding it;
you can know a lot and
not really understand anything.
-Charles F. Kettering
the main source of superstition,
and one of the main sources of
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
is the time to study wisdom;
old age is the time to practice it.
of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment
exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow,
when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and
use it better. -Mark Van
It is noble to seek truth, and it is
beautiful to find it.
It is the ancient feeling of
the human heart--
that knowledge is better than riches;
and it is deeply and sacredly true.
The lessons of great men
women are lost
upon our minds
the highest demands
we make upon ourselves;
they are lost unless they
drive our sluggish wills
in the direction
their highest ideas. -Jane
Some have narrowed their minds, and
so fettered them with the chains of antiquity
only do they refuse to speak save as the ancients spake,
but they refuse to think save as the ancients thought.
God speaks to us, too, and the best thoughts
those now being vouchsafed to us.
We will excel the
A book is
the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought
without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without
it will go off in your face. . . It is one of the
few havens remaining
where a person's mind can get both
provocation and privacy. -Edward P.
myself indebted to any one from whose enlightened
another ray of knowledge communicates to
mine. Really to inform the mind
is to correct and
enlarge the heart. -Junius
should be careful to get out of an experience only the
wisdom that is in it--
and stop there; lest we be like the
cat that sits down on the hot stove-lid.
She will never
sit down on a hot stove-lid again--and that is well;
also she will never sit down on a cold one
Knowledge is happiness, because to have
knowledge--broad deep knowledge--
is to know true ends
from false, and lofty things from low. To know
thoughts and deeds that have marked humankind's progress is to
the great heart-throbs of humanity through the
centuries; and if one does not feel
in these pulsations a
heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the
harmonies of life. -Helen Keller
Old places and old
persons in their turn, when spirit dwells in them,
have an intrinsic vitality of which youth is incapable; precisely the
balance and wisdom that comes from long perspectives and broad
foundations. -George Santayana
A wise old owl sat on an oak,
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?
teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good
action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than
he or she who fills our memory with rows on rows of natural
objects, classified with name and
Wolfgang von Goethe
The voice of
wisdom is inherent within us and willing to guide us
when we stop to listen. Of course, there are times when we feel
we've been still as stone, and the still, small voice is still too
to hear. When this happens, the challenge is to practice
mind anyway. Stopping and asking, quieting and listening,
and waiting. Waiting is difficult but worth the effort because a
uncluttered mind is a natural antenna for whispers of wisdom from
within. -Sue Patton
me away from the wisdom which does not cry,
the philosophy which does not laugh,
and the greatness which does not bow before
is rooted in the souls of human beings. The way to acquire
it is to follow the simple advice of Socrates: "Know
thyself." This is the starting point for the
establishment of a sense of human dignity, preventing the
degradation of human beings into anonymous, interchangeable cogs
in a machine. The essence of true knowledge is
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